Vehicle tax disc put out to pasture

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After 93 years the UK’s vehicle tax disc has been retired.

Since its launch, 1.7 billion discs have been issued and in 2013 alone, 42.2 million were sent out across the UK however its popularity (legal requirement) has not stopped it avoiding the axe.

As of today, the paper tax disc has been replaced by an electronic system.

The change in system is expected to save UK tax payers as much as £10 million however government coffers could feel the pinch after the DVLA revealed that more than one million replacement discs were issued each year from 2011 to 2014, generating as much as £7million a year.

No doubt some riders will feel a bit nostalgic about the disc’s death however many will not miss the annual (or bi-annual) fight with its perforated edge. Some may even keep hold of the paper inserts and you could even make your money back on your tax disc.

Velology is the study and collection of tax discs and an original disc from 1921 was sold for more than £800, so it might be worth holding on to. For 93 years.

But while the tax disc may be a thing of the past, vehicle tax itself is not and it’s still a legal requirement to tax your motorbike.

Instead of the paper insert, your vehicle’s registration will now be read to determine if you have paid your vehicle tax, so there’s no avoiding it and you will still be sent a reminder to renew – that means there’s no excuse for riding without vehicle tax.

Top Ten Excuses for not renewing vehicle tax

1. My accountant told me I’m due a tax rebate so I didn’t think I needed to pay again this year.

2. I was on my way to the Post Office to tax the car and called into the betting shop – there was a horse running at Doncaster called ‘Don’t Do It’ so I bet on that with my car tax money instead – it lost.

3. My mate said that if the cost of the tax is more than what the car is worth you haven’t got to pay it – it’s not, so I didn’t.

4. I fell out of a tree picking plums and broke both my arms.

5. I took too much Viagra and couldn’t leave the house.

6. I’d forgotten the motorbike was in my garage – it was hidden behind the BBQ so it’s not my fault.

7. I had man flu and couldn’t go to the Post Office.

8. I’ve been out of the country for four months and I forgot where I parked my car.

9. My dog ate the reminder.

10. My reminder on my phone didn’t work so it’s not my fault.

To read our guide to Motorbike Tax changes, follow the link.

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