Tax disc goes digital
You may be aware that from 1 October 2014 paper road tax discs will not be issued by the DVLA and so you will not receive anything to be displayed in your vehicle’s windscreen. This will apply to all vehicles. After 30 September 2014 there will no longer be a legal requirement to display a valid tax disc, however, DVLA and the police will continue to check vehicle excise duty (VED) compliance by using the vehicle database.
The paper version of the tax disc will be abolished from 1 October 2014 and here’s the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions .
- Why is the physical paper tax disc being abolished?
Chancellor George Osborne has announced in his 2013 Autumn Statement that tax discs are to be axed but motorists will still pay an annual Vehicle Excise Duty (VED / road tax) fee.
The existing round paper certificates we all currently display in our car windows have served as proof of this road tax payment since 1921.
But now the rise of technology means they are increasingly unnecessary in our constantly connected world – the police can simply look up electronic records instead.It is estimated that this change will save the DVLA £90.7m annually.
- When will the paper tax disc disappear?
The need to display the paper tax disc is set to be abolished from Wednesday 1 October 2014.DVLA will stop issuing tax discs that are due to commence on or after 1 October 2014. In the meantime you will still need to display the disc on your windscreen, or you will be at risk of being fined.If your lease vehicle tax is due in October then we will continue to tax your vehicle as usual; the only difference is that you will no longer be sent a paper tax disc to display.
- What will happen if a tax disc is lost prior to October 2014?
A tax disc needs to be displayed until Wednesday 1 October 2014, so if a disc is lost in September 2014, a duplicate tax disc will need to be purchased. After 1 October 2014 there will be no need to obtain a duplicate tax disc for display.
- What does this mean for me and my lease vehicle?
Your vehicle will continue to be taxed as usual; the only difference is that you will no longer be sent a paper tax disc to display in the vehicle windscreen.
- Do I need to do anything?
No, we will continue to tax the vehicle on your behalf providing that it has a valid MOT (if applicable) on the date of re license of the vehicle.
- How will I know if my vehicle is taxed?
All vehicles that are legally compliant will be taxed prior to the expiry of the current tax disc. However, if you wish to check that your vehicle has valid tax, then this can be checked on the DVLA website by entering the registration number and make of the vehicle.Check the tax status of your vehicle online
- Why will Hitachi Capital bother about taxing vehicles if no tax disc is needed?
As part of road traffic compliance we take our obligations very seriously and this is no exception. Our processes will only change in so far as not needing to dispatch a physical tax disc to you – we will still need to apply for and pay the vehicle tax with the DVLA.
- Is there a greater risk that I could get fined by the police?
No. The Police have had access to electronic records for some time now and would check this first if a tax disc was not displayed.
- What can I do to ensure my vehicle is always taxed?
The one thing that can delay vehicle taxation is when a vehicle is due an MOT and it has not completed its test. We issue reminder notices up to eight weeks in advance, so please do not delay booking your vehicle for its test – we will always authorise the work once we have issued the reminder.
- Will I need to verify my tax at the driving test centre?
No. DVSA has confirmed that they will not need to verify your tax as part of the driving test process.