“The NFDA would like to remind motorists that they will no longer need to display a tax disc on their windscreens from October 1”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers across the UK.
“Paper tax discs will vanish from cars in less than six weeks and will be replaced by electronic records where ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) cameras fitted both roadside and in police cars, will check number plates to catch owners who have not paid. The move is intended to save millions of pounds in printing and postage costs”.
So what will these changes mean for motorists across the country?
· The DVLA will still remind you that your car needs re-taxing by post.
· You will still be able to tax your vehicle at the post office.
· The DVLA are introducing a new website where you will be able to tax a new vehicle as well as re-tax your current car.
· Both the Government and the DVLA are keen to encourage more people to deal with road tax issues online saving everyone money
· A site has been set up where you can check any vehicles state of tax and MOT renewal date – www.vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk
· In October you will be able to select paying for your road fund licence by direct debit, saving you the need for worrying about tax renewal dates.
· From October any vehicle you sell on or trade in to a garage will have its current tax deleted automatically by the DVLA and any amount of unused tax will be refunded to the last registered keeper.
· As the tax disc is automatically cancelled, you will be unable to buy a car with the remainder of its unexpired tax usable by the next owner.
· Any new vehicle you buy will need taxing before it is legally allowed on the road.
For more information please email Stephen Latham at the NFDA Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTES TO EDITORS
The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.