UK motorists support government plan to scrap tax discs

Article by Anita Panait, on January 6, 2014

Motorists in the United Kingdom are supporting a plan by the government to get rid of tax discs later this year, according to a Web-based survey by Motorpoint car supermarket. The poll – participated by more than 1,500 people -- showed that 60.6% of drivers support the decision by the Chancellor George Osborne to get rid of the tax disc after more than 90 years in favor of an online only system.

UK introduced the tax disc in 1921 to show that motorists have paid Vehicle Excise Duty. However, it was revealed in the Autumn Budget that the tax disc is no longer needed with the DVLA since the Police is now relying on an electronic register. Under the new online system, people can pay their road tax by monthly direct debit to help spread the cost.

Motorists with no access to the Internet can still tax their cars by telephone or in person at their local post office. “The tax disc is part of the fabric of motoring and I am sure it will take some getting used to not having it on show in our windscreens,” Mark Carpenter, Managing Director of Motorpoint, said.

He remarked that with the widespread use of real-time online systems by the Police and other agencies to fight tax avoidance, the role of the tax disc has been reduced to being “symbolic.”

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