In the old days, we used to have bits of circular paper in the windscreen of our cars. These were called tax discs and were proof that we’d paid for the privilege of driving our car on the roads for the current 6 or 12 month period.
From October 2014, these became electronic and there is no longer any need to display a tax disc in your car.
The DVLA scrapped the paper tax disc as part of a cost-cutting exercise. This does make sense when you consider that insurance and current MOTs are recorded electronically, and that the ANPR cameras fitted to police cars can immediately identify any vehicle on the road without current tax, insurance or MOT. It would be nice if some of these savings could be passed on to motorists by reducing the road tax paid, if only slightly, but I guess that’s a crazy notion.
Instead of having a handwritten note in place of a tax disc which reads “tax in post“, we can now print out “awaiting tax payment confirmation email“.
I’m with the AA (and Green Flag, and the RAC) who were so concerned that there would now be an empty space on my car windscreen where a tax disc used to be, that they sent me a special ‘heritage’ sticker. Conveniently, the very yellow tax-disc-replacement-heritage-sticker makes everyone else aware that I’m with the AA. Obviously, Green Flag and the RAC weren’t so concerned about my empty car windscreen.
To be honest, there’s not really much difference between an empty spot on my car windscreen and a very yellow tax-disc-replacement-heritage-sticker, as these comparison photos show:
I don’t really like the sticker, so before I threw it away, I wanted to see if there were any other uses for it. There aren’t.