UK vehicle tax is changing. Here's what you need to know...
From 1 October 2014:
- Paper tax discs will stop being issued
- Advice notes (reminders) will no longer be sent
- There will be no requirement to display a tax disc on your windscreen
What does this mean to me and my drivers?
From 1 October 2014, paper tax discs will be a thing of the past. The DVLA will continue to keep a record of which vehicles are taxed but, to reduce admin costs, the government has decided that paper tax discs won’t be issued/required anymore. With ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology already being used in the UK to check vehicle tax, there’s no longer a need for visual tax disc inspections.
Your leased vehicle/s will still be taxed for you by the leasing company as usual but from 1 October you won’t get new/replacement tax discs in the post or need to display them on your windscreen. In fact, you and your drivers don’t have to action anything; your leasing company will take on all the responsibility for taxing your fleet correctly.
Note: Customers with a Northern Ireland address will still need to display their MOT disc.
For existing vehicles:
Traditional tax disc renewals will continue until 1 September. Renewals after this date will be handled digitally by your leasing company. (After 1 October, even if a tax disc has months left to run, it can be removed from the windscreen and destroyed.)
For deliveries before 1 October:
New deliveries will still be issued with a tax disc which should be displayed in the windscreen until 1 October. After this date, even if a tax disc has months left to run, it can be removed from the windscreen and destroyed.
For deliveries on/after 1 October:
Vehicles will not be delivered with a tax disc. They will have a DVLA digital tax record only.
Nervous about the changes?
Don’t sweat it. You can always check the status of a car's vehicle tax on the DVLA website's vehicle enquiry page. (All you’ll need is the vehicle's registration number and make handy.)