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Vehicle tax changes – do you know the facts?

With the disappearance of tax discs on windscreens from 1st October this year, just what exactly does this mean for drivers?

Will I still have to pay tax?

Yes. Vehicle tax will continue as normal: you'll get a reminder from the DVLA when you're due to renew your tax and you just pay as usual.

How will vehicle tax be tracked?

An electronic system will store number plates in an online database, which police can access to check that a vehicle is taxed. You can take your current tax disc off your windscreen from 1st October.

If I buy a used car, do I get any remaining tax on it?

No. If you're buying a second hand car, you can no longer use the remaining months of tax on it.

Can I get the tax back if I sell a car with tax still on it?

Yes. You will get any full months back once you have notified the DVLA of the sale. The refund is automatic so you don't have to make a claim.

What if I need to renew my tax between now and 1st October?

Follow the old process, but you will only get a perforated tax disc if you go to the Post Office as the DVLA has now run out. If you are given an unperforated tax disc, you will be given instructions to cut it out yourself.


Tax discs may be on their way out but you must still pay your vehicle tax. You will be fined if you don't tax your vehicle as normal so make sure you're aware of the rules before 1st October.

Find out more about the death of the tax disc.

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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