Disclosure: I received free review samples of Road Tax Flipper for this review. I was not required to write a positive review.
“Surge in vehicles being clamped since tax disc abolition” … this angry-sounding headline wasn’t published in a tabloid newspaper but in The Guardian, of all places. So has the decision to scrap the paper car tax disc caused problems for motorists?
According to figures produced by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), as many as 160,000 vehicles were clamped for non-payment of road tax last year. That compares to about 60,000 cars were clamped each year before the tax disc was scrapped in October 2014.
More and more drivers are being fined. The DVLA report shows that the number of fines issued for unpaid road tax has risen by 155% over the last three years. The number of prosecutions has risen by 159%.
Road Tax Flipper can help
One reason given for this surge in prosecutions is that without a tax disc in their windscreen, drivers forget to renew their tax. Although you should get a reminder through the post each year, some drivers don’t find this as useful as a visible tax disc.
If you think you’d benefit from a tax expiry reminder in your windscreen, the Road Tax Flipper could be the answer. It’s self-adhesive pocket that sticks to your windscreen and contains a flip booklet with one page for each month of the year.
All you have to do is choose the month when your tax expires and stick it in your windscreen — just like a tax disc.
There’s also a handy pocket that’s the right size for a business card, MOT reminder or breakdown membership card.
We have six Road Tax Flippers to give away, FREE. If you’d like one, then it’s first come, first serve (deadline 31 August 2017).
To buy a Road Tax Flipper or for more info, visit www.roadtaxflipper.co.uk
It’s worth remembering that the road tax rules have changed a lot over the last few years. Here’s a summary of what’s new.
The road tax rules have changed — don’t get caught out
Are more drivers are failing to renew their tax, or is the DVLA is using its upgraded computer system to crack down on non-payers? I don’t know the answer to that one.
What I do know is that the road tax system has changed a lot over the last few years. Here are the two big road tax changes you must remember:
- Paper road tax discs are no longer issued. Make sure your car is registered at your home address so you get a reminder through the post
- You can’t buy or sell a car with road tax anymore. Tax is automatically cancelled when a car is sold. The buyer must tax the car or it will be untaxed. There are no exceptions to this (sellers can claim a refund for unused months)
In case your unsure, the reason why tax discs are no longer required is that the entire system is digital. So the DVLA’s enforcement team are automatically alerted when drivers fail to renew tax on cars that are in use on the road.
Remember: if you want to take a car off road for storage or off-road use only, then you must fill out a Statutory Off Road Notification, known as SORN. Here’s a link to the gov.uk website with all the details:
If you haven’t SORN’ed you car, then it must be taxed whether it is in use or not.