Paper tax discs will no longer have to be displayed by British motorists as of Wednesday October 1, after more than 90 years on our car windscreens.
Out-of-date or fake tax discs have previously led to substantial fines, but plans for a new electronic system first announced by Chancellor George Osborne last year will come into action this week, ibtimes.co.uk reports.
The new system allows drivers to pay monthly fees by direct debit, as opposed to paying vehicle excise duty (VED) in 12 or six monthly instalments. Although monthly direct debits are arguably more convenient, as tax will automatically be renewed providing the vehicle has a valid MOT certificate, the total cost will be five per cent more than it would be if paid all at once.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will send drivers a V11 or V85/1 renewal reminder as and when their vehicle tax is set to expire. Drivers can then renew their tax by applying online, over the phone or at a local post office, independent.co.uk notes.
A spokesperson for the Treasury said: "This is a visual symbol of how we are moving government into the modern age and making dealing with government more hassle-free."
Despite this claim, many drivers believe that getting rid of tax discs will make it harder for authorities to tell if a vehicle has been abandoned, while the RAC fears more motorists will fail to pay their vehicle tax.