Friday, 11 July 2014

Vehicle Tax Disc Abolished

Tax Discs Soon To Be A Thing Of The Past
Thinking about the imminent arrival of more residents' parking schemes in Redlands, I am reminded that another familiar part of our car-driving lives will soon be disappearing for good: the tax disc. 

Since 1921 a paper based licence (Tax disc) has been required for motorists to display on their vehicle windscreen as evidence of having paid the "road tax". 

However, from 1 October 2014 the paper disc will no longer be required. The DVLA and Police now rely on an electronic register to support compliance, so making the disc no more than a quaint anachronism. 

Of course, we all still have to pay the tax and accept that it is not ring-fenced for improvements to roads or other forms of transport.

Come to think of it, Reading council's scrutiny of residents parking services heard evidence of a similar "no paper permit"approach to local parking schemes: so enjoy the paper permits while you can!

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