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Annabelle Dickson, Political Editor
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Many of us may not be retiring anytime soon - but the paper tax disc will be next year.
After 90 years then tiny document displayed in your car window will cease to exist as the monitoring of who has paid or not goes entirely digital.
The government will unveil plans to make motorists pay the tax by a monthly direct debit on the internet, or in person or by phone from the post office.
The tax disc is no longer needed for enforcement as the DVLA and police already rely on computers which recognise number plates to clamp down on people who have not paid.
It is expected to come into force in October next year after a law change in the Finance Bill.
Vehicle tax was introduced in the 1888 budget and the current system of excise duty applying specifically to motor veichles was introduced in 1920. The original tax disc was introduced in 1921.
A Treasury spokesperson said: “This is a visual symbol of how we are moving government into the modern age and making dealing with government more hassle free.”