Road Tax

Eh?

The DVLA said that it was planning a three-month trial, to begin this year, of issuing penalties within a month of a disc expiring. It was unable to explain why it did not simply force drivers to backdate their discs when renewing them.

I thought you did have to backdate?

6 comments on “Road Tax

  1. It says here: “You’ll get an automatic penalty of £80, as well as paying for a new tax disc and any arrears of vehicle tax you owe.” So it seems that you do have to backdate, at least in the situation that you’re caught using an untaxed vehicle.

  2. “I thought you did have to backdate?”

    Curiously, no. Bizarre, isn’t it?

    I think they’d rather issue fines and get cars impounded than simply do a direct debit and automatic issue of the tax disc.

    I don’t know why we bother with tax discs, the amount of money is peanuts compared to fuel taxes. Now that the insurance is all computerised (and, naturally, going wrong from time to time), there’s not even the cross-check benefit of making sure that cars are insured.

    The DVLA are a rotten quango and needs some serious trimming.

  3. I thought you did need to prove it was insured, the problem comes when your insurnce isn’t on, or on in exactly the same name, as the insurers database.

  4. Your actually not allowed to back date. If you realise you should of renewed over a month previously and go in to a post office and try and do the decent thing, you can’t. Tax discs can only be issued for 12 months from the date of purchase.

    They will issue you a fine and charge you for the untaxed period, if they catch you, but the new disc will run for either 12 or 6 months starting from the date of issue.

  5. “I thought you did need to prove it was insured, the problem comes when your insurnce isn’t on, or on in exactly the same name, as the insurers database.”

    That’s when you get arrested at the roadside only to find out later, after DNA samples and being barred from the Visa Waiver Program, that it was a Government database snafu. No apologies, natch.

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