One of motoring’s classic symbols, the car tax disc, could be phased out according to a recent report from the Department for Transport. For nearly one hundred years these small but very important bits of paper have been gracing the windows of the country’s vehicles.
The plans are part of a drive for the whole process to become more paperless and could also eventually include the tax disc reminder letters drivers receive as well as the paper part of driving licences. In an increasingly automated world motorists have been able to buy their tax discs online for years now and so it seems a logical next step to discard the physical tax disc.
With Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems becoming more and more sophisticated and the electronic car tax records at the DVLA being instantly available to the police it does seem slightly redundant to have a bit of paper on your car worth up to £200. There are an estimated 36 million tax discs out there on the roads and the DfT claim this would be a significant saving in both time and money for the DVLA.
However, some will see this as an end of an era and another important piece of motoring history and is likely to divide opinion among British drivers.