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How do the New Road Tax Rules Affect Me?

Introduced on October 1st 2014, there are new road tax rules that are related specifically to the tax discs that have adorned windscreens of vehicles up and down the country for years. The rules now remove the need for you to have the paper discs on your windscreen, instead you will receive reminders from the DVLA when your tax is due.

 

One key feature of the new road tax rules is how it affects those who are buying and selling second hand cars. What it means is that if you were to buy a car from somebody, for example, you would be responsible for taxing it before you drive it away. If you are selling a vehicle, you must inform the DVLA of your sale so that they can stop taxing you for its road use – this will stop from the end of the month you sell the vehicle in.

The government say that one of the main reasons for the change in laws is the money it is estimated will be saved by the DVLA – around £7 million a year in administration costs. Another reason for the change could also be an attempt to ensure each vehicle’s ownership changes are registered whenever the vehicle changes hands.

Road tax will be monitored differently now, with the automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology on traffic cameras analysing the vehicles taxation, insurance, MOT and registered owner information. If any of the required information is found to be incorrect or missing, the police may intercept the vehicle or visit the driver/owner at a later date.

It is important that if you are selling a vehicle to another person that you have the buyer’s full information, so that when you notify the DVLA of the sale and the transferral of ownership you can be sure that you will no longer be charged for the tax of the vehicle. If you are the owner of a vehicle and the tax is due for renewal, not doing so can be very costly. You can be fined £80 for not renewing your tax (this can be reduced if paid swiftly) and anyone who does not pay can face prosecution and a £1,000 fine.

Here at Tyres Northampton, we are proud to offer our customers a huge range of services from the fitting of branded and budget tyres to MOT servicing and wheel alignment. For more information about our services, get in touch with us today and we’ll be more than happy to help you.

 

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