Many of us may not be retiring anytime soon - but the paper tax disc will be next year.

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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.”

14 comments

  • It should have been scrapped years ago , when it ceased to be a ' road fund licence ' , & the revenue lost should have been added to the price of fuel. No dodging & easily collected. I believe however that successive governments have not done away with the unnecessary & obsolete DVLA simply to maintain thousands of ' jobs ' in Swansea.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • I have an even better solution - stop car tax altogether - add the price to the cost of petrol - those using the roads more will pay more, and vice versa - and everyone will have to pay whether they like it or not - no need to keep any records or generate any more computer data - no need for the police to check - the DVLA will still be needed for Registration information, but to my mind a simpler system all round - or is there something I am missing....

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    MrsP

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Understand the thinking but can we trust the ukgov web not to fluff up driving licence center just 1 example

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    k day

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Well that's great isn't it, as if car tax wasn't expensive enough now I get nothing for my money, not even a piece of paper.

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    KeithS

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • DVLA along with the government would of given this a lot of thought, the ANPR will give an instant response if there is no road tax, mot or insurance. Motor insurance premiums increase each year due to uninsured drivers and third parties having to claim on their own insurance. Road fund excise tax what ever you like to call it is a necessity although how they spend that money we pay should be used on the very roads we pay to use. In old world by the time a policeman had made the call to get the number checked the offending vehicle would be miles away, now they know the details before it even passes them. Motor insurance is far more important, maybe the government should look deeper into this to make sure all vehicles and their drivers have insurance.

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    melalmighty

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • We can pay each month by direct debit. The perfect opportunity to make higher prices more affordable then!

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    NigelS

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • They will put the price up anyway, this will provide an excuse.

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    Althalusukl

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • I hope they still send out reminders, also, if you buy a second hand car, how would you know it it taxed. Previous owner may have surrendered the tax for a refund. Without knowing the full legislation this could be a potential mine field with the local Feds cashing in on fines for not having any tax as they are the only ones with the technology to see if your vehicle is taxed.

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    muttley

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • So how can plod, or you, or me, spot a car which isn't taxed if you're not carrying a NPR camera?? Not much point in taxing it if you're an illegal immigrant then..................there again, come to think of it that applies now!

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    windup

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Do you realise your moaning about a tiny piece of paper which can be easily forged? If you buy a second hand car surely you would check the government website to check it has MOT & Tax rather trusting this little piece of paper anyway? How do you know the person your buying the car from hasnt made this disc up, stuck it on the windscreen knowing the car isnt actually taxed?

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    Piranha24

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • This troubles me deeply.

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    Whiley Boy

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Terrific! Think I'll just use someone else's vehicle registration, get numerous different number plates. You'll never get pulled over then, a camera would just see a registration that has tax. They haven't thought this through........as usual!

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    Fuzzy_99

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Do not get excited they did a way with the Poll Tax , and then clobbered us with the Community ???????????????????

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    Dave Peach

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • This troubles me deeply.

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    Whiley Boy

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

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