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Car Tax Disk Changes | Five Things You Need To Know

Posted by Crispin Moger on 01 October 2014 in Company News

From today you can rip up your tax discs, if you want to – as October 1st signals the end of the UK paper tax discs. This does not mean you that you no longer have to tax your car, or that you have to get rid of your tax disc. It simply means that police will be able to check automatically whether your car is taxed and you do not need to display the proof. With the new system comes new ways to pay, with a new option to pay monthly by Direct Debit for those who struggle with six monthly or annual payments.
We’ve looked at some of the most common concerns and answer them below…

1)You will not be fined if you are displaying a tax disk after October 1, 2014 There is no legal requirement to display a tax disk but if your disk has not yet expired, and you like the look of it, it can remain in your disk holder.

2)You can still easily find out if a vehicle is taxed If you wish to find out if a vehicle is taxed simply visit the online enquiry system by clicking on

3)If your tax disk has not yet expired then sit tight, you do not need to do anything You will still receive a V11 reminder from the DVLA when your tax disk is about to expire. What’s more, you can still pay for your tax at the Post Office, by cheque/debit or credit card and online at, with new options available for those paying by Direct Debit

4)Your new car still needs to be taxed before you can drive it Pop over to the Post Office or visit to make sure your new car is taxed. You won’t be issued with a paper disk but your car will then be listed online.

5)Why is it being done? It is many years since traffic police checked a vehicle’s tax disc to see if the car had road tax. Nowadays police can automatically check your registration number against the online database, rendering the round piece of paper in your windscreen useless.

However, if you feel particularly attached to yours, how about turning it into a drinks coaster?

For other ideas on uses for tax discs, visit our Facebook page.

About the Author

Crispin Moger
Crispin Moger

As the CEO of Marmalade, and having spent 20 years working in the motor and insurance industry, I feel strongly about helping young drivers to get on the road in a safer, fairer and simpler way. Outside work I'd describe myself as a hard rock loving adventure sports fan, who loves to travel.


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