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Changes to Road Tax System to Affect Motorists

It’s been revealed that motorists are to be affected by road tax changes that will come into effect towards the end of the year. For those with private number plates, and, indeed, those without, the new system will allow road tax payments to be spread over several months from November 2014. In addition, from October, tax discs will no longer be issued in paper form, doing away with the need for people to display them against their windscreen.

At the end of 2013, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, revealed his Autumn Statement. In it, he showcased a number of changes to the vehicle tax system, with the changes said to come into effect during 2014. From November 1st, 2014, vehicle tax won’t have to be paid in a single lump sum any longer, with a new system allowing for payments over several months to take place. Drivers will be able to pay monthly, biannually or annually, depending on whichever method they prefer. Whilst the vehicle tax payments won’t increase in price, there will be a small administration fee for those people who decide not to pay on an annual basis. This will be 5per cent for monthly and biannual payments; half the current 10per cent surcharge that’s been applied to six month tax discs, and that’s been in place for many years.

In addition to the changes in payment options, from October 1st, 2014, paper tax discs will no longer be issued, removing the need to display them on a vehicles windscreen. Instead, though tax will still have to be paid, the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will hold a digital record of who’s paid and who hasn’t. The paper disc will no longer be required as proof of payment. With Automatic Number Plate Readers being used for most on-road enforcement action, it’ll ensure that records are still well maintained. Using new technology the cameras automatically take the number plate which can then be compared with the DVLA’s digital records instead of having to rely on physical visualisation of tax discs.

For the next few months, drivers are still required to display their tax disc as normal. However, once October 1st arrives, motorists will be able to remove these from their windshield to give cars a cleaner and less cluttered look. And, for the many with private number plates, removing the paper will allow their vehicle to look chicer and cleaner than ever before.

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