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After nearly a century, it’s goodbye to the tax disc

Velologists everywhere are in mourning: the tax disc is no more. From October 1st 2014, you will no longer need to display a paper tax disc on your vehicle windscreen.

What it means

Sadly, vehicle tax in itself is not being abolished - police cameras will now check tax through number plate recognition.

You will still need to pay vehicle tax to keep your car on the road (unless your vehicle is exempt), and you'll still get reminders from the DVLA when your tax is due to expire.

There are a few areas of vehicle tax that are changing from October:

1. Tax when buying a vehicle

From the beginning of October, vehicle tax will no longer be transferred when you buy a used car - so you will need to get new vehicle tax before you drive the car.

You can apply for vehicle tax online here.

2. Tax when selling a vehicle

Here's the good news: you will get a refund for any full calendar months' worth of tax left when you sell a car.

However, you MUST make sure you notify the DVLA immediately (which requires the buyer's signature), because from October you could be fined £1,000 or even liable for the new owner's traffic offences if you don't.

3. Tax refunds

More good news! Vehicle tax refunds will now be automatic, with no separate application required. The DVLA will automatically refund money when they get a notification from the person named on the DVLA vehicle register that the vehicle has been:

  • sold or transferred
  • scrapped
  • exported
  • stolen
  • taken off the road
  • changed to an exempt duty tax class

Get the full details about the updates to vehicle tax here.

Need to check the tax status of a vehicle?

Go to GOV.UK to use their quick and easy service for checking any vehicle. This service can also be used for rental vehicles.

You can get a refresh on vehicle tax in the ingenie Young Driver's Guide.

Honor Clement-Hayes

By Honor Clement-Hayes

Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .

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ingenie is a car insurance brand for young drivers aged 17-25. We fit a black box in your car to assess your driving style. We'll review your policy 3 times a year and those who drive well could receive a discount.

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