Tax Disc Controversy

8th October 2015
Tax Disc controversy

The major overhaul of the tax disc system has left loopholes for criminals to take advantage of the system and created problems for drivers that are not clearly set out in the new rules.

What is a tax disc?

As most drivers know, the Tax Disc is the most popular name used to refer to the vehicle license. The tax disc, which was used from 1956 until the autumn of 2014, is a circular label that was required by law to be displayed by the driver on the front window of their vehicles. This disc was a symbol that represented that the driver had paid their road tax.

What changed?

In October of 2014, new discs were no longer being issued to show that a vehicle had complied with the payment of road tax. This is now something that is being regulated by CCTV that monitors the roads referred to as the automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) network.

The Problems

The problems with the tax discs are most prevalent for those that have not fully adapted to the changes of the system. These motorists are susceptible to scammers looking to get the bank details of drivers. They present a fake offer from the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to refund the driver for paying too much into the new system. There are cases in which drivers would get refunds but this is something that the driver would need to seek out, not something that they would be informed of.

When selling and buying cars the tax on the car now expires when the new driver takes ownership. This means that even if the tax has been recently paid for and renewed, the new owner will have pay the road tax for the vehicle again. This has led to thousands of drivers being charged large fees or even having their cars towed. These drivers have been charged with not paying their road tax even though they were under impression that the road tax has already been paid for by the previous owner.

To avoid these issues, drivers are advised to contact the DVLA or ask a garage for more information and insight into how to avoid these problems.