Out with the old and in with the new. The paper tax disc is being retired in October (less than two months away) yet many vehicle owners remain unaware of the scheduled changes and a possible £1,000 fine that will arise should you not abide by these changes.
After over 90 years of use the tax disc as we know it is going digital. The biggest change to vehicle tax will mean that it is no longer possible to transfer tax when buying a second-hand vehicle.
The legislation will change as follows:
1) No vehicle tax transfers. If tax is needed for a second-hand vehicle it will have to have new tax purchased for it
2) Tax refunds. If a vehicle is being sold the seller can contact the DVLA and get a full refund for the time remaining on the disc, HOWEVER buyers will have to purchase new tax for that vehicle
3) Change of ownership is expected immediately by the DVLA. Fines of up to £1,000 can be issued if this isn’t met
It’s been a long time coming for the DVLA to update a process which can be seen as outdated. However, a greater push is required to raise awareness of these imminent changes and educate vehicle owners as to how these changes will directly affect them.