DVLA spokesman says: We continue to operate a comprehensive package of measures
which make vehicle tax easy to pay but hard to avoid."
use of the sophisticated ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) systems linked
to databases for vehicle registration and road tax, MOT and motor insurance available
to the police and DVLA, the current road tax, MOT and insurance status of a car
can be checked rapidly in a police patrol car, with an active roadside monitoring
camera or by a DVLA compliance vehicle. The police and DVLA are then able to take
prompt action where a car does not appear to have a current VED, MOT or motor
on DVLA vans can examine the registration of every vehicle they pass to check
if the VED is current. (Photo credit: Times)
See report in the Times today.
our earlier NEWS items on these topics
Issues around the end of the
tax disc rumble on. 150410 More
a UK registered car in Mainland Europe - what evidence of current road tax do
you need to carry? 150216 More
for a tax class change from PLG to Historic and a NIL value VED
guide and flowchart. More
of paper discs in October 2014 - FBHVC concerns. 140613
the 5 day MID insurance database update risk! 140518
Updated: 150713 Posted: 150504
in the Sunday Telegraph yesterday and in the Times today have highlighted again
that the new road tax system introduced by DVLA in October 2014 when the paper
disc ended is continuing to raise concerns for motorists. |
is what is seen as a stealth tax - when a car is sold the road tax, even
if it has many months to run, automatically expires with an automatic repayment
by DVLA of the remaining complete months of road tax (but not any residue of the
current month) to the seller but the new owner has to tax the vehicle again, including
the month of purchase, with no period of grace before they can drive it.
second concern is that
many motorists are unaware that vehicle excise duty is automatically cancelled
when a car is sold, a change
that is exposing those drivers to the risk of clamping by the DVLA and large fines.
While most motorists know that road tax discs are no longer required, what is
catching out many is that vehicle excise duty is automatically cancelled if a
car changes ownership even if there is a valid tax disc in the window.
have described the new car tax rules as a bureaucratic nightmare.
around the end of the tax disc rumble on - consequences seen by the FBHVC
a NEWS item posted on the V8 website on 15th April 2015 we reproduced a report
in a newsletter from the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC)
which highlighted unintended consequences from the new road tax system introduced
by DVLA when the paper disc ended in October 2014. An important section from that
FBHVC newsletter is reproduced below:
DVLA have consistently
said, and we (FBHVC) have duly reported to you, that even if the vehicle is taxed
on the date of sale, the sale causes that licence to lapse, a rebate is due to
the seller and the buyer must himself tax the vehicle before he uses it. DVLA
have said there is no 'grace period'. They point out that there are rapid ways
of taxing the vehicle, whether online or by phone or at a Post Office. This advice
is entirely correct for sales by motor traders or when the vehicle is not currently
taxed or is on SORN.
have looked long and hard at the law regarding this point and come to the conclusion
that, in respect of most
sales between private individuals, this advice from
DVLA is not actually correct. Our understanding of the legal position has been
independently confirmed. If the vehicle is taxed at the time of sale, then the
law (it is the Vehicle Registration and Excise Act 1994 as amended) says the VED
will lapse when the vehicle is sold and the DVLA is notified of that fact.
The only way the DVLA can be notified is by the existing Registered Keeper (the
seller) posting the actual V5C to DVLA in Swansea. A private individual cannot
do that electronically or by phone, the paper document must be sent. It is also
clear that the seller's right to a refund does not arise before the V5C is in
the hands of DVLA. Until then the licence is in force.
Now any wise buyer
should assume the person who sells him the vehicle and hands him the V5C/2 will
immediately put the V5C in the post. That is the legal requirement, and the seller
will have a rebate to protect. But we think it is absolutely fair to say that
where the vehicle is taxed at the time of sale and the seller is a private individual,
a buyer cannot legally be obliged to apply for new VED until the V5C has arrived
in Swansea, and that cannot be until the earliest time it could be delivered there
by first class post. This could solve the problem of the evening or Sunday purchase,
in respect of which the Post Office option, which some members would need to use,
was never available, and also save taxing a vehicle which is to be immediately
exported or for which SORN will immediately be declared, perhaps because it is
heading for restoration. There are unlikely to be any consequences from acting
upon our advice, as of course if a vehicle in the situation described is seen
on the road, the DVLA database if checked will show it as taxed. Of course, if
a buyer is able and wishes to ensure strict compliance with the DVLA advice then
they can apply to tax the vehicle immediately online or by phone before driving
the vehicle away as there is no reason not to do so.
the complete NEWS report with this FBHVC newsletter item
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