car tax changes from 1st october 2014
from october 1st the vehicle tax disc became a thing of the past. however, that doesn't mean that there's no need to buy one. you still have to tax your vehicle but you won't be receiving the actual paper disc anymore, so there will no longer be a need to separate the disc from its perforated edge which often led to the tearing the disc itself!
There's still considerable confusion amongst motorists with many trying to gain clarification of the changes often through social media outlets. So let us clarify the new rules surrounding the annual road tax.
Firstly, it's still necessary to tax your vehicle and the DVLA will continue to send you a reminder. Secondly, just as before the changes, you still need to apply for a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) if you don't use or keep your vehicle on a public road, for instance if you keep it in a garage, on a drive or on private land
Thirdly, you can continue to use the same methods of payment online and at the Post Office over the counter. There is, however, a new option. You are able to pay by continuous direct debit which means that there should no longer be a risk of driving an untaxed vehicle because you've forgotten to buy your license. That direct debit will continue for as long as there is a valid MOT for the vehicle. In addition, there's also the opportunity to make monthly payments but that does cost you more in the long run.
Just as before the change, you can apply online to tax your vehicle using the 16 digit reference code found on your vehicle tax renewal reminder (V11), or alternatively you can use the 11 digit reference number found on your log book (V5C).
The major change in the new tax rules is that vehicle tax can no longer be transferred with your vehicle when you sell it. From now on since October 1st, once you have notified the DVLA that you have sold the vehicle, you will automatically receive a refund for those full months left on the vehicle tax. This means that whether you purchase a new or used vehicle, you will always have to buy vehicle tax.
You can check the status of your tax by visiting gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax and entering the registration of your vehicle.
Don't think that you can get away without paying your car tax as police cars have been fitted with ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras for many years, and they've been used by the police to check that vehicles are licensed, insured and MOT-tested for a least a decade.
From 1st October, you no longer will be obliged to display a paper tax on your vehicle's windscreen. You can remove it and destroy it if you so wish. On the other hand, you may feel inclined to keep it as your current tax disc will be the last you'll ever receive.
Its disappearance after so many years is likely to make some motorists feel sentimental. After all, it has been a part of motoring life in this country since 1922! The abolishment of the tax disc and the move to a paperless system is expected to save the DVLA over £10 million a year.