From the 1st of October 2014, the paper tax disc will be abolished and will no longer need to be displayed on your vehicles windscreen. However more than two thirds of UK drivers are unaware of the new rules and regulations, which could result in drivers potentially facing fines of up to £1,000.
As from the 1st of October 2014, if you have a tax disc with any months left to run it can be removed from your vehicle windscreen and destroyed. This also includes customers with a Northern Ireland address, however if you do have a Northern Ireland address you will still need to display your MoT disc.
What does this mean to you?
To keep and drive a vehicle on UK roads you still need to get your vehicle taxed. The DVLA will still continue to send you a renewal reminder when your vehicle tax is due to expire. This will apply to all types of vehicles, including those that are exempt from payment of vehicle tax.
Buying a vehicle
As from the 1st of October 2014, when you buy a vehicle the vehicle tax will no longer be transferred with the vehicle.
As the owner you will need to get new vehicle tax before you can use the vehicle.
You can tax your vehicle by using the “New Keeper Supplement” (V5C/2) part of the vehicle registration certificate (V5C) online or by using the DVLA automated phone service. Alternatively, you may choose to visit a Post Office.
Selling a vehicle
If you sell your vehicle after the 1st of October 2014 and you have not notified the DVLA, you will automatically get a refund for any full calendar months left on the vehicle tax.
Vehicle tax refunds
As from the 1st of October 2014, you will no longer need to make a separate application for a refund of vehicle tax. The DVLA will automatically issue a refund when a notification is received from the person named on DVLA vehicle register that the:
•Vehicle has been sold or it has been transferred
•The vehicle has been scrapped at an Authorised Treatment Facility
•The vehicle has been exported
•Your vehicle has been removed from the road and the person on the vehicle register has made a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)
•The Person on the vehicle register has changed the tax class on the vehicle to an exempt duty tax class
Paying your vehicle tax by Direct Debit
From the 1st of October 2014 (5th of October if you are setting up at a Post Office), Direct Debit will be offered as an additional way to pay for vehicle tax. This will be available for customers who need to tax their vehicle from the 1st of November:
•Monthly (12 months tax paid for on a monthly basis)
Provided an MOT remains valid, the payments will continue automatically until you tell DVLA to stop taking them or you cancel the Direct Debit with your bank. Valid insurance should also be in place for vehicles registered in Northern Ireland. The Direct Debit will be cancelled and payments automatically stopped when you tell DVLA that you no longer have the vehicle, or the vehicle has been taken off the road and a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) has been made.
When the Direct Debit scheme can’t be used
Paying by Direct Debit will not be available to:
•First registration vehicles
•HGVs that pay the Road User Levy (all other HGVs can pay by Direct Debit)
Checking the tax status of a vehicle
If you would like to check the tax status of any vehicle you can visit the DVLA website. This can also be used for rental vehicles.
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