This week Acklam Car Centre asks in light of coming rule changes, what’s happening to tax discs and what’ll happen to you if you don’t follow the new rules?
Drivers need to stay up to Date with UK Road Regulation
As one of the largest growing second hand car dealers throughout the North-East of England, Acklam Car Centre understands that drivers need to stay up to date with the rules of the road, to ensure that they don’t end up paying heavy fines.
That is why this week, we wanted to bring something to your attention. As of 1st October, tax disk rules are changing, and if you fall foul of the new rules, you could end up shelling out up to £1,000.
How Will Car Owners Pay Tax From 1st October?
According to This is Money, after 93 years on windscreens across the UK, paper tax discs are being scrapped. Instead, they will be replaced with a computerised system.
Specifically, car owners will still be required to pay vehicle tax if they wish to take their car to for a spin or even keep a vehicle on the road. It’s just the paper disk itself that is being tossed out. Instead, police will be able to check a cars number plate against a computerised system to see whether the driver has paid their tax. If they haven’t, police will be able to charge drivers up to £1,000 in fines. Used car sellers will also be required to report changes in ownership immediately, or risk the same fine.
So, a pretty significant change, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t know about it. A recent survey found that as many as 50% of those questioned don’t even know the day when the rules are changing. Furthermore, the survey from comparison site money.co.uk revealed that 32% admitted that they will not even attempt to find out what the changes entail.
Changes Mean Tax Can be paid via Direct Debit
Furthermore, the new rules will give drivers the chance to pay the tax via direct debit, which the survey found was the desired option of 53% of drivers. Money.co.uk’s editor in chief, Hannah Maundrell commented on the matter. Maundrell said that “changes to the vehicle tax system are no bad thing and we fully welcome the introduction of direct debit payments, particularly for consumers who may be struggling to keep up with the soaring cost of driving.”
Maundrell went on to say that “it will also help to eliminate the problem of people who genuinely forget to renew their tax and end up being stung with a hefty fine.” Maundrell concluded by saying that “however, I suspect the new system may experience some teething problems so drivers really need to make sure they’re on top of their game.”
Bone up on the New System Now, While You Can
Maundrell makes a good point; these rules are designed to help save you money. However, if you don’t know or care about them, then they can actually end up costing you serious cash. That is why Acklam Car Centre would advise that you make sure you bone up on the new system and fill out a V5C form, then send it to the DVLA now, whilst you can.