New regulations cause fines for Motorists
The new DVLA changes to the vehicle tax rules is causing total confusion to motorists, the understanding of the new regulations is not as clear cut as first reported. Drivers are being caught out daily over used car sales due to the vehicles tax being automatically cancelled when it is sold even if the tax disc is in date.
Before the changes came into place those selling used cars would advertise with vehicle tax included until a certain date, now the tax automatically expires on a sale. Sellers will get a road tax refund from the DVLA for any remaining months. The DVLA will automatically send the tax refund on a sold car when they receive notification that the car has been sold, scrapped, exported or taken off the road with a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN). New owners have to tax the car and many are being caught out and receiving a hefty fine or even clamping. A couple returned from their holiday to find their car had been towed away to a pound for non payment of car tax and were charged £822 for return of the vehicle, this was due to the couple deciding to inform the DVLA they had swapped ownership of their cars without realising it meant the tax for both of their cars would be cancelled. Another motorist was issued a fine of £650 when he was given a car by an emigrating motorist, again he was unaware the tax automatically expired.
Reports show that since the paper discs were phased out clampings have risen dramatically, previously at around 5,000 vehicles a month figures show now at a massive 8,000. The DVLA have no sympathy and say that the new rules have been publicised widely. A letter is sent to all new car owners to inform them to tax their new car before they use it, but it is looking quite obvious that confusion is the state of play as motorists obviously think if the tax has not expired then there is no need to renew.