We have had the tax disc since the time horseless carriages were being used (1921), but as of the 1st October 2014, there will be longer any need to show one. It’s quite a significant move, but of course technology is now responsible for the decision. All cars can now be check electronically, to whether they are taxed or not. It also remove the delay to acquire a tax disc as well as the administration function costs to print and distribute them, especially in light of many DVLA offices closing down.
No Transfer Of Discs
This could have created a second issue reading the value of the road fund licence left on a vehicle when it is sold, as it could be difficult for the average buyer to know find this out. The DVLA’s solution to this, is to prevent any RFL value to be transferred with the vehicle when sold. Anyone who buys a car, must buy their own new road tax, the seller can still cash their value in.
Let’s be honest, when you travel abroad we don’t see tax discs on foreign vehicles, so in many ways this is just a catch up.
It still leaves some issues, for example when driving abroad. It is still a legal requirement to drive with taxation for the origin of the car, but how do foreign police know you are driving your vehicle legally. At least with a tax disc, there is a visible recognition.
Convertible drivers will be happy with this agreement, as open top cars were always prone to disc thefts.