Tax disc changes

The DVLA will no longer issue drivers with the paper tax disc starting October 1, 2014. The DVLA has decided to retire this old-fashioned but iconic way of proving you have paid your car tax and will instead be using their online database to identify drivers who have paid their car tax and those who have not.

Why Are Tax Discs Being Phased Out?

Britain has a large network of hundreds of thousands of hidden cameras that are used effectively to enforce numerous road laws by identifying vehicles using their number plates. Since the DVLA already has digital records of all vehicles in Britain as well as details of whether or not any vehicle owner has paid its tax for their car, it decided that paper discs used to signify tax compliance were no longer necessary.

My Tax Disc Has Not Expired Yet, Do I Still Have To Display It On My Windscreen?

You will no longer be required to display your tax disc on your windscreen starting Oct. 1, 2014, even if it still has some time left to run. The DVLA has all your car tax details.

How Will These Tax Disc Changes Affect Me?

All motorists will still be required to pay their tax the same way they used to every year.  The only change is that they will no longer be issued with tax discs to display on their vehicles. Many motorists, however, fear that they might easily forget to pay their car taxes without the paper discs to remind them.

What Will Happen If I Forget To Pay My Car Tax?

The DVLA will issue warnings to those who may have forgotten to pay before imposing a fine. If the driver happens to change their address, it’s advisable to notify the DVLA so that they can receive these messages.

What Penalties Will Be Imposed On Drivers Who Fail To Pay?

If the DVLA issues a reminder to a driver to pay up but the driver fails to comply, then they may be liable to a fine of £80, which will be reduced to £40 if the driver pays promptly, on top of the normal tax. Those who fail to pay the fine may be prosecuted in court and slapped with a hefty fine of up to £1,000.

I Have Just Bought A New Car, What Should I Do?Tax disc changes

If you have just purchased a new vehicle, you are required to promptly pay your car tax. Failure to do this could lead to a fine of up to £1,000. You can pay your car tax by visiting any of Britain’s 5,000+ post office branches. All you are required to do is bring your logbook or New Keeper supplement and the payment fee. People living in Northern Ireland need to bring their Insurance Certificate as well.

You can also pay your car tax online.

What About People Who Buy Used Cars?

It will not be possible to transfer unexpired tax discs from the original car owner to the new owner when buying a second-hand car. If you sell your car before the annual tax period ends, you can claim a rebate from the DVLA. On the other hand, if you buy a second-hand car you will be required to promptly pay your car tax.

What Should I Do If I Don’t Have A Log Book?

If you don’t have a logbook or have lost it, you can visit your nearest post office and apply for a new logbook and pay your car tax as well.

Will I Still Have To Bring My Certificate Of Motor Insurance To The Post Office When Paying My Car Tax?

You will still be required to bring all the relevant documents to the post office when paying your car tax. Drivers in England, Wales and Scotland do not need to present any Insurance Certificates and this still remains the case. However drivers in Northern Ireland are required to present a valid Insurance Certificate when paying their car tax.

Further information on the changes to the tax disc is available at

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