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Failure to follow the correct guidelines for the new tax disc rules could result in motorists receiving a fine of up to £1,000, so it is well worth making a note of the new rule changes to ensure drivers do not get caught out.
Car owners still need to have vehicles taxed in order to drive or keep a vehicle on the road, but now the DVLA is taking payments online, including Direct Debit options, or motorists can visit their local Post Office branch.
Unlike in the past, buyers of used cars will no longer benefit from any months left on the tax disc. The new rules rely on used car sellers informing the DVLA when they sell their vehicle. Sellers will then be entitled to a refund for any full months left on the vehicle tax.
Meanwhile, the buyer of the said vehicle will need to renew their tax disc immediately, or risk being caught in an untaxed car. To do this, buyers will need to inform the DVLA of a change of ownership to avoid facing a £1,000 fine. This can be done by filling out a V5C form and sending it to the DVLA.
All vehicle owners should also find out whether their vehicle was taxed or SORN’d (declared off the road) before driving their new car.
From today onwards, instead of using paper tax discs to spot tax evaders, police cameras will automatically check a car’s number plate.
The new rules aim to streamline services and save money in administrative costs. Find out more here.