Vehicle tax discs scrapped – know the new rules or face £1,000 fine

2 min Read Published: 15 Aug 2014

Vehicle tax discs scrapped, Vehicle tax discs scrapped

From 1st october 2014 the paper tax disc will no longer need to be displayed on a car windscreen. If you have a tax disc with some months to run you can legally remove this from the vehicle if you wish.

How will these changes affect motorists?

Liability for vehicle tax

To drive, or keep a vehicle on the road, you will still need to pay vehicle tax and the DVLA will still send you a reminder when your vehicle tax is due. This applies to al types of vehicle including those that are exempt from vehicle tax.

Buying a vehicle

From 1st October 2014, when you buy a vehicle, the vehicle tax will no longer be transferred with the vehicle. The buyer will need to get new vehicle tax before they can use the car.

Selling a vehicle

If you sell a vehicle after 1st October 2014 and have notified the DVLA you will automatically get a full refund for any complete months remaining on the vehicle tax. Refunds will automatically be processed when a vehicle is scrapped, exported or removed from the road and a Statutory Off Road Notification (NORF) has been submitted.

Paying by Direct Debit

From 1st October the option to pay your vehicle licence by Direct Debit will be available, these payments can be monthly, 6 monthly or annually. Providing an MOT remains valid payments will continue automatically until you tell the DVLA to stop taking them or cancel the Direct Debit with your bank.


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