#AceNewsServices says the government is changing the law in 2014 to reduce tax administration costs and burdens associated with vehicle tax sounds good does it not, but of course that was the whole idea. But shall we take a look deeper at the history of the ” Road Fund Licence” because as the words reflect it, as it was and still is until today, a “Road Fund Licence” meaning the right to travel on the UK roads and licensed to do so ,providing you pay for a Tax Disc. Well there is the change from licence to tax and this has been so for many a year. But of course it was really called a “Vehicle Excise Licence” not as so many people believe “Road Tax” as extract below confirms.
Vehicle Excise Licence or Road Tax:
The term “road tax“, which appears in the Oxford English Dictionary, is commonly used when referring to “Vehicle Excise Duty“. This use is controversial though as technically there is no such thing as road tax, despite its common usage. Peter Walker, a journalist at The Guardian gives this opinion of it “I’ve always felt the road tax argument supports a more general feeling of entitlement among too many drivers. Those who trot it out often seem to genuinely treat cyclists like we’re interlopers who should be pushed aside”. The BBC echoed this argument in 2013, reporting how the term “road tax” is used by some drivers as a badge of entitlement to hog the road and drive badly, even intentionally hitting cyclists to argue their point. The Cyclists’ Touring Club argue ‘most adult cyclists do pay for the roads, even though they impose minimal wear and tear on them’.The Cambridge Cycle Campaign suggested that “Arguing that cyclists therefore have less right to use the roads is like arguing that smokers should take precedence for medical treatment, because non-smokers don’t buy cigarettes and therefore ‘don’t pay hospital tax.
Osborne’s Autumn Statement:
Today (Thursday 5 December 2013), the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the government will change the law in 2014 to reduce tax administration costs and burdens associated with vehicle tax.
The Department for Transport (DfT) made clear in its recent Motoring Services Strategy consultation that the government is committed to offering high quality and cost-effective services to the public and businesses. DfT and DVLA have listened to the views of both businesses and the public to remove unnecessary burden and provide modern and efficient services to meet their needs. This includes getting rid of unnecessary paper where possible and making it easier for people and businesses to use government services.
DVLA will offer motorists the ability to spread their vehicle tax payments should they wish to do so. From 1 October 2014 motorists will be able to pay vehicle tax by direct debit annually, biannual or monthly. There will be no additional handling fees for annual payments but to limit the impact on the public finances there will be a small surcharge of 5% of vehicle tax for biannual and monthly payments. This is half of the 10% surcharge that is currently applied to 6 monthly tax discs and which has been in existence for a number of decades.
Also from 1 October 2014, the paper tax disc, first issued on 1 January 1921, will no longer be issued and required to be displayed on a vehicle windscreen. Vehicle tax will still need to be paid but with DVLA having a digital record of who has and has not paid, a paper tax disc is no longer necessary as proof that vehicle tax is paid. The majority of motorists pay their vehicle tax with latest figures confirming that over 99% of motorists’ tax their vehicles on time… Most on-road enforcement action is now based on using Automatic Number Plate Readers. These cameras use the number plate rather than a visual inspection of the tax disc. The police also have access to DVLA records via the police national computer. There are significant savings for fleet operators and other businesses from not having to handle the administration of tax discs.
Well a simple way to raise extra money for the UK Treasury and at the same time get everyone paying monthly, with the added bonus of “Police Enforcement Measures” all under the auspices of ” Saving Money and Austerity Measures” and many people will look and think he is doing us a favour. The Tories never did anyone any favours, unless it provided a benefit to their coffer’s.
So readers what is your opinion leave a comment and add #AceConsumerViews and l will publish all of them that are related to the article.
Thank you Editor
- Car tax disc to be scrapped (themotortradeclub.com)
- Death of the tax disc: You won’t need one on your windscreen, but you still pay (thisismoney.co.uk)
- Autumn Statement 2013: Car Tax Disc To Be Scrapped (alternativenewsalert.com)
- Breaking News: End of the road for car tax disc (crosbyherald.co.uk)