Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is changing. From October 1, UK vehicles are now no longer required to display a tax disc in the windscreen, although VED is still payable for cars driven or registered on the road.
Automatic Number Plate Readers (ANPR) will be used by the DVLA and police to check compliance entirely electronically in future, a move that’s anticipated to save some £10million a year in fleet and leasing company administration.
The DVLA will still send out reminders before the VED is due to expire and refunds will be paid automatically, although vehicle sellers will be responsible for informing the DVLA of a change of ownership by completing and returning form V5C, or risk a possible £1,000 fine.
Sellers will get an automatic refund for any full calendar months of vehicle tax left. And as tax will no longer be transferable with a vehicle, a buyer will need to ensure a car is licensed before driving it.
The changes mean a driver – not necessarily the registered owner – could be issued with a non-endorsable fixed penalty for driving an untaxed car. Similarly, an owner can be fined £80 for using an untaxed car (one not registered with a Statutory Off Road Notice, or SORN) and may also be charged back tax.
To check on the status of your vehicle’s tax, visit www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax