UK Government Scraps The Paper Car Tax Disc After More Than 90 Years

UK Government Scraps The Paper Car Tax Disc After More Than 90 Years

Vehicle tax was introduced in the 1888 Budget and the system of excise duty applying specifically to motor vehicles was introduced with the Roads Act 1920, with the tax disc appearing the following year.

Almost a century after its introduction, in 1921, the UK government is set to scrap the paper car disc and go all in with its electronic register.

Its death was confirmed by the UK Treasury ahead of Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement later today, meaning motorists will no longer need fix a disc in their car window to prove they’ve taxed their car.

“This is a visual symbol of how we are moving government into the modern age,” says the UK government, which also announced that vehicle owners can pay for their duty by monthly direct debit, which will add 5 percent to the total cost. read more

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