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Four out of five drivers still display their tax discs unnecessarily

Date: 09/02/2015 11:41:37
Category: Insurance
Author: Jack Stanton

Car tax discs were ditched in October 2014 after 93 years in use, but four out of five drivers aren't ready to give them up just yet.

Only 20 per cent of UK drivers have removed the tax disc from their windscreens, according to a new AA/Populus survey. The vehicle excise duty tax discs were scrapped in favour of electronic checks, but it appears they were actually quite popular with car owners.

Out of the 19,887 AA members that were polled for the study, 43 per cent of them said they keep their tax disc in the windscreen unnecessarily to act as a reminder of when their tax payments were due, yahoo.com reports. Some drivers (eight per cent) simply feel that their car would "look odd" without the disc displayed.

It's young drivers (aged 18-24) who have embraced the change the most, with a quarter (26 per cent) having already ditched the disc. The capital was found to be behind the times, with just 15 per cent of Londoners having removed them, while 22 per cent of drivers in north east England no longer display them.

AA president Edmund King said: "The tax disc may have been scrapped four months ago but it seems to be stuck in our motoring conscience."

Almost a fifth (18 per cent) of those polled had simply forgotten to remove their discs, while back in October some motorists were bizarrely selling their defunct tax discs on the online auction site eBay for around £40 a pop, telegraph.co.uk notes.

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