TAX DISC CHANGES: The top 5 things you need to know
October brings with it changes to the UK road tax system. From 1 October
From 1 October 2014 you must continue to tax your vehicle but you no longer need to display a tax disc on your car windscreen. So wave goodbye to the perforated paper tax disc and say hello to a new computerised road tax system. Here are the top five things you need to know about how the new tax rules will affect you. BUYING A VEHICLE
BUYING A VEHICLE
From 1 October 2014 vehicle tax will no longer be transferable when you buy a vehicle. If you have purchased a new car from a Peter Vardy dealership you must arrange your vehicle tax prior to collection. You can tax your vehicle online or by using the DVLA automated phone service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0300 123 4321.
If you have purchased a new car from a Peter Vardy dealership you must arrange your vehicle tax prior to collection. You can tax your vehicle online or by using the DVLA automated phone service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0300 123 4321. Alternatively you can also arrange your vehicle tax through a Post Office branch.
SELLING A VEHICLE
If you sell a vehicle after 1 October 2014 you can no longer include any remaining tax on the vehicle. Once you have notified DVLA of the sale you will automatically get a refund for any full remaining month’s tax left on the vehicle. It is important to check that the keeper’s details on DVLA records are up to date as this who the refund will be sent to.
VEHICLE TAX REFUNDS
If you are due a vehicle tax refund you will no longer need to fill out a separate application. If your vehicle is sold, scrapped, exported or removed from the road DVLA will automatically issue a refund. For more information on vehicle tax refunds visit www.gov.uk
HOW TO PAY
From 1 October 2014 drivers will need to pay for vehicle tax online through the DVLA website. A Direct Debit payment will also be available from 1 November 2014 and can be set up monthly, 6 monthly or annually. Alternatively, you can continue to renew your vehicle tax through a Post Office branch from 5 October 2014.
If you don’t tax your vehicle you could face fines of up to £1,000. The Police National Computer System can scan vehicle registration numbers and highlight any vehicle without road tax. You can check the status of any vehicle tax here >> https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax