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  • 22 September 2014
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    UK Tax Discs: Where Do I Stand?

    From October 1st, the paper tax disc will no longer need to be displayed on your vehicle windscreen (or motorcycle holder) ending a ruling first established in 1921. Due to the centralised electronic vehicle register being updated with those drivers who have paid, Police will no longer have the need to manually check discs as they can fully rely on this database through a simple number plate registration search. Some things will still remain the same, including the need to purchase road tax, the band your vehicle is attributed to and the renewal reminder sent by the DVLA when you tax is due in the form of a V11 or a V85/1 (whether this be annually or every 6 months). For those drivers who have a few months left on their current tax after the 1st October, the disc can be removed and destroyed. 

    How Can I Purchase My Vehicle Tax?

    Methods of purchase still remain the same, with three options still provided; online, by phone or at the Post Office. Alternatively a direct debit can be set up from the 1st November. As a useful reminder, you can check whether a vehicle is taxed through the DVLA’s free online vehicle enquiry service, similar to the register used by the Police. Perhaps the quickest and easiest way to tax your vehicle is online using the 16 digit reference number located in your log book.

    What Happens When I Buy / Sell My Vehicle?

    If you sell your vehicle after 1st October, it is handy to inform the DVLA straight away as they will refund for any full calendar month left on the tax. This provides another reason to keep the registered address up to date as any refund is sent here.

    When buying your next car, the vehicle tax will no longer be transferred with the vehicle, meaning a new tax disc will have to be purchased. You can sort this through using the New Keeper Supplement (VC5/2), the Vehicle Registration Number, online, by phone or at the Post Office.

    Vehicle Tax Refunds

    A separate application for a tax refund is no longer needed to be submitted as the DVLA will issue a refund on notification when:

    ·  The vehicle has been sold, exported or scrapped

    ·  It has been removed from the road or registered as SORN

    ·  The person on the vehicle register has changed the tax class of the vehicle to exempt

    For more information on the new tax disc process contact a member of the Howards team at your local dealership

Howard Garages (Weston) Ltd is an Appointed Representative of Automotive Compliance Ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA No 497010). Automotive Compliance Ltd’s permissions as a Principal Firm allows Howard Garages (Weston) Ltd to act as a credit broker, not as a lender, for the introduction to a limited number of finance providers and to act as an agent on behalf of the insurer for insurance distribution activities only.

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