WHAT IS CHANGING AND WHY?
From 1st October 2014, the paper tax disc will no longer be issued or required to be displayed on a vehicle windscreen. The Government has made this change in the law to reduce their administration costs.
All vehicles will still need to be taxed and the DVLA will maintain a digital record of which vehicles are and aren’t correctly taxed; a paper tax disc will no longer be required as proof that a vehicle is taxed.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME ?
From 1st October 2014, tax discs will not be issued to drivers nor will advice notes (which used to accompany the paper tax discs). This also applies to duplicate tax discs, which will not be available from 1st October 2014.
For existing vehicles: tax discs will be issued as normal up to and including the 1st September 2014 renewal date. These should be displayed in the vehicle at all times up to 1st October 2014.
From 1st October 2014 onwards, there is no requirement for a tax disc to be displayed and drivers have the option to remove the tax disc from the windscreen (and retain or destroy thereafter).
For new deliveries: any vehicles delivered on/after 1st October 2014 will not be supplied with a paper tax disc and there is no requirement for one to be displayed.
HOW CAN I CHECK IF MY VEHICLE IS TAXED?
If you wish to verify that the vehicle you are driving – whether it is leased or owned – is correctly taxed and when the tax expires, check the “date of liability” field on the digital record which can be accessed via the DVLA website at: www.vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk
HOW WILL THE NEW RULES BE ENFORCED?
Most on-road enforcement action will be based on ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology which is already widely used today, and visual inspection of a vehicle tax disc will no longer be necessary.