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The death of the tax disc and counterpart to the driving licence

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From the 1st October 2014 drivers will not be required to display a paper tax disc on their vehicle – the DVLA have replaced the tax disc with an electronic register of vehicle excise licence (more commonly known as road tax).

In future, both the police and the DVLA will enforce road tax via automatic numberplate recognition (ANPR) cameras. The ANPR cameras are also used by the police to check that a vehicle has Insurance.

In 2015 the paper counterpart of the driving licence will also be abolished with no requirement to produce to the Court for endorsement of penalty points. A driver’s history will be obtained by the Court through accessing the history and recorded penalty points held on the DVLA computer.

The prosecution of motoring offences is therefore going paperless with the abolition of both the 90 year tax disc and the elderly counterpart to the driving licence.