The DVLA are coming right up to date and offering even more online services. As well as the paper part of the driving licence being scrapped from the 1st October the paper tax disc is to be retired.
However, a survey by a leading online comparison site has found that almost half of those asked had no idea about what was to happen and could be leaving themselves open to a fine.
The results of the survey were reported in a news article by the Independent:
“A poll of more than 1,000 drivers found that 40 per cent were completely unaware of the impending changes and of those who were, half were unsure when they were coming in and many were not planning to find out more.
Research by a financial advice and comparison website found that one in three drivers claim they struggle to pay for their vehicle tax and many resort to overdrafts, borrowing from family friends or payday loans.
Anyone buying a second hand car will have to pay more for vehicle tax after the DVLA abolishes transfers.
Sellers who notify the authority will automatically get a full refund for the time left on the disc but buyers will have to pay for new tax - £175 a year on average.
People selling their car are expected to tell the DVLA straight away of the change of ownership or face fines of up to £1,000.”
Drivers will now also be able to pay for their car tax by direct debit, for a small fee, which means that many financially stressed households may find it easier to find the money.