We all dislike renewing our car tax disc every six months or once a year. You may be one of those persons that don't renew your car tax the easy way, which is via the DVLA website. Most motorists choose to trot down to their local post office to make a car tax disc renewal. This means having to hunt for all the right paperwork such as insurance and MOT certificates.
Finally, the government has now discovered that most motorists would prefer another system to renew their car tax disc and have come up with something that is much simpler.
The car tax disc has been around for approximately 90 years. These days, it is believed that ditching the car tax disc altogether would save the government time and money. In addition, with the advent of new technology, it is now not really necessary to have this piece of paper fixed to our front windscreens.
How the government plans to simplify the car tax disc
The government plans to make the car tax disc digital. This means no paperwork will be needed to renew it and a disc will not have to sit on your window anymore.
With all the new technology that is available today, the police and the DVLA are now able to instantly recognise if a vehicle has been taxed or not. This can be done without the cameras having to zoom in on whether motorists are displaying the tax disc.
There are a number of technologies that are readily available to recognise whether an owner's vehicle has or has not been renewed.
These sophisticated tools are installed into the new digital cameras that are now on our UK roads. They are linked to the DVLA's database and utilise the number plate reading software.
It is for this reason that there is no need for motorists to show proof of purchase for their car tax.
Soon, it is believed that when a motorist's car tax disc is up for renewal, they will be reminded via email or by text but no more by letter.
The government additionally plans to ditch the counterpart of the driving licence by 2015. They speculate this part is not necessary, and believe it will also save them money.
Negative views of the new digital car tax
Many professionals believe that this new system is absurd, particularly the AA.
Their argument is that motorists could deliberately or unintentionally forget to renew their car tax even after the DVLA has sent them a reminder via text or email. Furthermore, people change their email addresses and mobile phone numbers regularly; hence, people may forget to update their details to the DVLA.
As a result of this, it is possible many motorists could end up driving illegally on our UK roads not realising their car tax has run out.
Accordingly, these professionals believe that this new renewal method may encourage drivers to give deceitful and false information to insurance companies in order to get lower premiums. Under the present law, the post office has to check the authenticity of the Certificate of Insurance and MOT's for all car tax discs to be renewed over the counter.
However, the government allegedly reassures all motorists that regular checks will be made to identify motorists with false or no car insurance. Every motorist's car insurance, MOT and car tax will be digitally connected; therefore, it will be impossible for anyone to intentionally deceive the DVLA.
It is for this reason the government believes motorists will be able to renew their car tax in the future without having to prove they have an MOT and insurance certificate. The new digital systems can check everything all at once.
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