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Car Tax changes October 2014

Are you aware what’s happening?

Here’s the headlines that all of us who drive need to be aware of : –

  • A used car no longer comes with the remaining car tax in the sale
  • Drivers will no longer need a tax disc from October
  • Onus is on the seller to inform the DVLA of ownership change

Automatic number plate recognition cameras that enforce road tax will end the “tax disc is in the post” excuse, and trigger penalties for those who forget to renew.

Buying and selling of used cars means that you need to be doubly sure everything is in accordance with the new rules. 

If you buy yourself another car, it no longer comes with any remaining tax – you need to get it immediately !!

From 1 October 2014, the Driving Vehicle and Licensing Agency will stop issuing paper tax discs and instead make the system digital.
Drivers will  have the option to pay via Direct Debit or at the Post Office.

Car owners still need to have paid vehicle tax to drive or keep a vehicle on the road –  police cameras will automatically check a car’s number plate to establish if this has been paid.

The DVLA have said that it’s  important to notify it straight away of a change to ownership, otherwise the registered keeper could still be liable for the vehicle.

If you sell your car, you need to get forms ( V5C)  filled in and sent off straight away to the DVLA – don’t leave them hanging about for a week or so, and DON’T rely on the new owner to send them off.

Failure to do so can also result in a £1,000 fine.

If you scrap a vehicle, then you should get a Certificate of Destruction from an authorised treatment facility (ATF).

You can check the vehicle tax status online at the new dvla car tax webpage
Pass on the info to as many drivers as you know. We don’t want anyone caught out by accident! Send them either the link to this page, or the links to the DVLA as highlighted above.

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