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Fifty per cent of Brits unaware of tax disc changes

Date: 27/08/2014 12:05:22
Category: Insurance
Author: Graeme Parton

Half of Britain's drivers are not aware of impending road tax changes, a new survey has found, despite the transition being just six weeks away.

Traditional paper discs, which have been in use since 1921, are set to disappear from the beginning of October, with motorists expected to pay their road tax via an online system from then on. However, Money.co.uk found that 50 per cent don't know what's happening.

What's more, just less than a third of the respondents say they don't plan to find out what the new rules are, and six per cent are awaiting the transition but think it's happening in 2015, mirror.co.uk reports.

The lack of understanding could cause problems in the used vehicle market, according to the AA's head of roads policy, Paul Watters. He was quoted by telegraph.co.uk as saying: "Vast numbers of people could be hit, as many car sales involve someone saying 'I've put tax on the car for you'.

"That this will no longer be possible has not been well-communicated at all."

When the new rules come into force, anyone selling a car will be required to inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) immediately and the buyer must arrange tax before getting behind the wheel. Those who fail to comply risk being hit with fines of up to £1,000.

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