Concerns Grow Over Abolition Of Paper Tax Disc

With just a week to go until changes to vehicle excise duty, Auto Trader has added its voice to concerns over poor communication by DVLA.

Concerns Grow Over Abolition Of Paper Tax Disc

From 1 October 2014, neither dealers nor private owners will be allowed to sell a vehicle alongside the unexpired portion of road tax. The seller will receive a refund from DVLA and the responsibility to tax anew will fall squarely with the new owner, in a process that will take place either online, over phone or in the nearest Post Office.

However, according to recent surveys up to half of the population are still in the dark. And Auto Trader has today warned DVLA for the detrimental effect that lack of proper engagement regarding the changes will have on those who buy and sell cars.

"This is a very significant change to the way road tax will be administered by DVLA and the message from our 12,000 retail customers is that the communication has been, at best, low key," said Sharon Randall, Auto Trader sales director.

"The changes affect 30 million motorists and if half are unaware that new rules are imminent, then we have a big problem. There is a real risk that transactions could be delayed and that dealers will be in the firing line when it comes to the consumer backlash."


Alex Todd Brand Manager at BoxyMo commented "If you are taxing your car online you will need the 11 digit reference number on your log book - select "I don't have the V11 reminder, just the registration certificate" and follow the instructions. You can do this online at www.taxdisc.service.gov.uk."

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