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75% motorists want tax disc revival

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Published on 29 September 2016 by Robert Drane

This Saturday (October 1) marks the second anniversary of the loss of the tax disc. The move was meant to save the DVLA £10 million a year but instead revenue from vehicle excise duty fell £93 million.

In a research study conducted by uSwitch, three quarters of the 6,018 respondents called for the tax disc to be brought back.

Kasey Cassells, insurance expert at uSwitch.com, said:

“A gap has clearly been left by the paper disc, but the move towards modernisation doesn’t go far enough.

“Despite receiving reminders by post, motorists with the best intentions are getting caught out by forgetting their renewal date. The DVLA should consider more relevant notifications, like text alerts which have proved successful for the NHS.”

Speaking to The Mail Online, a DVLA spokeswoman said:

“Almost 99 per cent of all vehicles on the road are correctly taxed – that’s around £6billion in vehicle tax passed to the Treasury every year.

“We write to every registered vehicle keeper in the UK to remind them when their tax is due, which why it’s vital drivers tell us when they move house.”

It’s not just about saving trees, the new system means that you can pay in monthly instalments instead of one sum. However, is the loss of the tax disc encouraging more motorists to evade tax?

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