Vehicle tax changes-all you need to know


From the 1st of October 2014, the paper tax disc will no longer be needed, and it will not have to be displayed on the front windscreen of vehicles.

If your vehicle displays a tax disc with remaining time on it, you can remove it and dispose of it.

However, vehicles will still need to be taxed, and you will be sent a Vehicle Tax Reminder to tax :

  • online
  • by phone
  • at a Post Office branch

You will also be able to check if a vehicle is taxed by going to the DVLA’s online vehicle enquiry service:

You will only require the vehicle’s make and registration number, and the service is available for rental cars as well.


When you buy or sell a vehicle, the remaining tax will no longer be transferable.

When you buy a car, you will need to get it taxed before you can use it.That can be done by phone, using a 24 hour automated helpline or online by using the New Keeper Supplement part of the Vehicle Registration Certificate.

When you sell a car, you will get a refund on the remaining part of the unused tax and that will be sent to the owner of the car on the DVLA records.

Direct Debit will be offered as a new payment method, and this can be used for payments made after 1 November 2014 monthly,6 monthly or annually.

There are some circumstances when Direct Debit can not be used.According to the DVLA, these are:

  • first registration vehicles
  • fleet vehicles licensed in bulk schemes – Direct Debit can be set up on fleet vehicles individually
  • HGVs that pay the Road User Levy”

For more details on the changes please see :