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What do I do when the new tax disc rules come into force?

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: September 01, 2014

Motorists have one month left to learn about the new tax disc rules

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Motorists in North Devon have one month to prepare for the new tax disc rules, or risk being slapped with a £1,000 fine.

From October 1, the Driving Vehicle and Licensing Agency (DVLA) will stop issuing paper tax discs.

Car owners still need to have vehicle tax to drive or keep a vehicle on the road, but now the DVLA is taking payments online, including Direct Debit options or motorists can visit their local Post Office branch.

Drivers who buy a used car will not benefit from any months left on the tax disc.

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It means buyers will have to renew their tax disc immediately, or risk being caught in an untaxed car.

Instead of using paper tax discs to spot tax evaders, police cameras will automatically check a car’s number plate.

The new rules also put the onus on used car sellers to inform the DVLA, when they sell their vehicle,

Meanwhile, the seller is responsible for informing the DVLA of a change of ownership, if they do not they could face a £1,000 fine.

This can be done by filling out a V5C form and sending it to the DVLA.

All vehicle owners should find out whether their vehicle was taxed or SORN’d (declared off the road) before driving their new car. This can be done here.

Sellers will get a refund for any full months left on the vehicle tax.

The new rules aim to streamline services and save money in administrative costs. Find out more here.

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