Car tax disc could be at end of road

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The Government is considering scrapping the vehicle excise duty car tax disc in favour of an online version.

Ending the need for motorists to affix the paper disc to their windscreens is being looked at in the light of the growth of computer records on motoring.

The end of the road for the tax disc is one of the options being considered as part of proposed reforms to motor service agency operations put forward by Roads Minister Stephen Hammond.

In a consultation document, the Government talked of removing “the need for unnecessary paper including abolishing the driving licence paper counterpart and considering the continuing need for the tax disc”.

Mr Hammond said: “It is now much easier to use digital services to get driving licences and sort out vehicle tax. We have also already announced that we are bringing the driving test closer to customers by exploring a range of different locations.

“But there is more that can be done and this is about the Government listening to its customers before agreeing the way forward.”