Tax discs are set to be abolished in less than six weeks’ time, but half of all UK drivers are completely oblivious to the changes, according to a new study.
From October 1 the traditional tax disc will vanish, after 93 years on our windscreens. Car owners still need to have paid vehicle tax to drive or keep a vehicle on the road: now police cameras will automatically check a car’s number plate to establish if this has been paid.
But of those who are aware of the changes, as many as 50 per cent do not know the exact date, six per cent think it’s next year and 32 per cent will not even try to find out what the changes are, according to the survey from comparison website money.co.uk.
The move away from paper discs will save motorists money on postage and will offer more flexible payment options, while it will also make it harder for tax dodgers to drive untaxed.
Motorists will need to be aware of impending tax disc changes or face a £1,000 fine as well as potential penalty charges against a car they no longer own, experts have warned.Almost a third of those polled said they will await instructions from the Driving Vehicle and Licensing Agency, although the comparison website claims the DVLA has yet to start adding warnings to tax renewal reminders.
Estimates show it will save the taxpayer £10million every year.
The new rules also reinforce the onus on used car sellers to inform the DVLA of the change of ownership. HPI provider, hpicheck.com, has warned those caught unaware could face fines and charges.
Meanwhile for used car buyers, the vehicle tax will no longer be transferred while those selling can claw back unused tax.
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