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Following news that thousands of drivers have had their cars clamped and received fines of hundreds of pounds after being caught out by the change in tax disc rules, the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers across the UK, is issuing advice on the new taxation procedures.
Sue Robinson, NFDA Director comments, “Whilst the majority of motorists are aware that tax discs are no longer required, discs – even if still in date, can no longer be passed on to second-hand car buyers. The new car owner is required to register the vehicle and pay the tax before they drive it. The previous owner then receives a refund when the change in ownership has been recorded.
“When the changes were brought in last year, motoring experts at the time warned that the Government had not done enough to publicise the changes and that many second-hand drivers could end up penalised, however the DVLA says it has worked with dealerships and written to new owners to make them aware of the changes.
“Under the current rules, drivers can pay online, by phone or in the Post Office when their tax is up for renewal. Drivers can also set up a direct debit to ensure their car is never untaxed. The DVLA will confirm once all transactions have been completed and customers are able to print off receipts for their records.
“NFDA dealer members have continued to advise buyers of used cars that these vehicles require taxing at the point of purchase, however it seems many consumers have been caught out when buying privately.”