Look out for new changes when buying a tax disc
THE Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) website is one of the easiest to use. It was one of the first that I used for online transactions. It’s very simple and straightforward, and I personally have a lot of confidence in it.
As a constituency, Chesham & Amersham has a high number of vehicle owners. The 2011 Census showed that my constituency is number 11 in the list of households with three or more cars or vans. It is 16th in the list of those with four or more cars/vans.
Some of those vehicle owners may be unsure about the changes which the DVLA is introducing from October 1, 2014. The paper tax disc is being withdrawn and, from that date, vehicle owners won’t have to display it.
Vehicle owners still have to pay the tax and the DVLA will continue to issue reminders when the tax is due. The police and other agencies will be able to check electronically whether a vehicle is taxed, insured or has an MoT certificate.
After October 1, there will be the option of paying the vehicle tax in instalments, by setting up a direct debit. It was previously possible to pay either annually or for six months, but under the new system it will also be possible to pay monthly. (I understand there is a small fee for paying by instalments.) Direct debit will not apply to first registration vehicles or to vehicles in fleet schemes.
If you are buying a used car, you will have to pay the tax yourself, immediately, because the previous owner will not be able to transfer the unused months of paid tax when the vehicle is sold.
The previous owner can, though, get a refund for any full calendar months which are left unused. The DVLA will automatically send out a refund when the owner informs them that the vehicle has been sold or scrapped. Sellers could face a fine if they do not tell the DVLA about the sale.
Cheryl Gillan MP for Chesham & Amersham