BE IN THE KNOW!
To avoid high fines for having your car towed, make sure to be fully informed on what changed when the tax disc was abolished.
– New rules for when you buy and sell vehicles
– Tax instantly expires once vehicle has sold
– Purchase a vehicle and tax it yourself
After the changes were made by the DVLA in October 2014 – where motorists could get rid of their windscreen tax disc, thousands of law abiding road users have had their cars towed and are being charged as much as £800 for unwittingly not abiding by new tax rules.
What change was made in October 2014?
You no longer require a physical tax disc in your windscreen, it doesn’t mean that you don’t need tax – but everything is no digital and online.
Is there really a problem?
Before this change came into action – about 5000 vehicles a month were being clamped, but this has surged to more than 8000, with motorists in disbelief to see their cars being towed away without a warning.
Why is this happening?
While most motorists are aware that you no longer require a tax disc in your windscreen – they are being caught out by not knowing that vehicle excise duty is automatically cancelled if a car changes ownership – even if there is a valid tax disc in the windscreen.
What does this mean and how can I prevent this from happening?
This basically means that previously when you could purchase a car advertised as ‘TAXED AND MOTd’ until a certain time, when a car is sold now – the tax, regardless if it has many months to run, automatically expires and it is the responsibility of the new owner to tax the vehicle!
It is this change that is exposing motorists to hefty fines, and their cars being towed away.
So the just of the matter is – WHEN YOU SWAP, PURCHASE OR SELL A VEHICLE, MAKE SURE TO TAX THE VEHICLE YOURSELF OR REMIND THE BUYER THAT THEY WILL HAVE TO TAX IT THEMSELVES!