Government to scrap paper tax discs?

The Government could scrap paper tax discs as computer checks have now effectively made displaying the disc in your car redundant.

The tax disc has been in use for more than 90 years, but new technology such as Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras have meant the authorities no longer rely upon physical checks to catch road tax dodgers.

Whitehall officials have proposed the plans in a bid to save money and cut bureaucracy, while also reducing the time-consuming checks and form filling the 36 million motorists in the UK who display one have to endure.

As opposed to showing a physical tax disc, proof of taxation would be stored electronically – similar to how the current MOT and insurance records database is handled.

Motorists would receive confirmation that they had successfully paid their road tax electronically, via email or text message.

The move will likely upset some die-hard motoring enthusiasts who view the British tax disc as an icon.

The plans are just one small facet of a wider-reaching government consultation designed to reduce the amount of red tape the average motorists is forced to wade through.

Underpinning the collective of new proposal is a move to rely more heavily on electronic online systems, cutting areas of wastage.

 

UK MOTORISTS NEGLECTING BASIC MAINTENANCE

“Millions of motorists” are neglecting to attend to basic vehicle maintenance, risking the lives of their own and other road users lives through unsafe machinery, according to swiftcover.com.

Based on analysis of MOT data gathered between 2010 and 2011, the insurance firm found 10.6 million cars failed the MOT test, with 34% of those failures caused by easily rectifiable problems.

Reasons for non-passes include “broken or faulty lights, worn tyres or large chips in the windscreen, showing that motorists are failing to perform basic, essential maintenance on their cars.”

Shockingly, the firm’s own data also found a “significant number” of cars written off in accidents had no MOT.

Driving without an MOT can leave you liable to a £1,000 fine, while also potentially invalidating your insurance.

Keeping an eye on your car, attending to basic jobs that need completing, could save you a serious amount of money come MOT time.

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