You’ve probably heard that the humble tax disc is now a thing of the past, and you’ve heard right. This will affect all motorists, but what exactly does that mean? How will it affect you?

It is no longer required for motorists to display a valid tax disc in the windscreen. The cars tax status will be stored on a central database with automatic number plate recognition cameras catching offenders. There are also new more flexible ways to pay including for the first time monthly payments and also the option of direct debit.

The other change and one that may catch people out, is that cars can no longer be bought or sold with tax. Any outstanding tax must be claimed back during the selling process. The new owner is therefore responsible for taxing the vehicle before driving it. Be warned there is no ‘grace’ period.

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