Paper tax discs were scrapped on the 1st October, 2014. Ahead of the two year anniversary, Kasey Cassells, insurance expert at uSwitch.com says: “There is still a place on the windscreen for the old paper tax disc – with three quarters of Brits wanting the DVLA to bring them back.
“A gap has clearly been left by the paper disc, but the move towards modernisation doesn’t go far enough. Despite receiving reminders by post, motorists with the best intentions are getting caught out by forgetting their renewal date. The DVLA should consider more relevant notifications, like text alerts which have proved successful for the NHS. In the meantime, those who don’t want to get caught out by the £1,000 fine should try setting up calendar reminders or keeping an old tax disc on their car window.
“But the new system does have its benefits – drivers can now pay their tax in monthly instalments instead of having to fork up the full amount in one lump sum. Payments can even be made by direct debit so as long as you have the same car and keep your MOT up to date, payments can be taken automatically.”
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Notes to editors
Research was carried out online between 16th September and 26th September 2016 with 6,018 responses. When asked; ‘Would you like the tax disc to be brought back?’ 74.6% answered ‘yes’ and 25.4% answered ‘no’.
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