October 1st sees a wide reaching change to the vehicle tax system with the government doing away with the tax disc after 93 years, replacing it with automatic number plate recognition.
Fleet Managers and drivers (including Grey Fleet Drivers) are already probably aware of this change, with fines of £1,000 for those who do not tax their vehicles.
The introduction of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology will enable authorities to use cameras to check whether or not a vehicle is taxed, rather than relying on owners and drivers of private and commercial vehicles displaying a paper disc in their windscreen.
Vehicle owners will still need to have valid MoT and insurance in place to purchase tax and the current rates will be unaffected by these changes.
If your vehicle has a tax disc with any months left to run after this date, it can be removed from the vehicle and destroyed. This includes customers with a Northern Ireland address; however they will still need to display their MoT disc.
Then, after 1st October, when you buy a vehicle, the tax will no longer be transferred. New owners will need to arrange tax before they can use the vehicle; with the seller required to notify the DVLA, which will refund any full remaining months left on the tax from their ownership.
The changes form part of a wider initiative from DVLA to move to electronic systems and there is more information about these changes on the DVLA website.