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81% of motorists want tax disc to return, finds new research

The recent poll conducted by Motoring.co.uk revealed that 81% of motorists want to see the tax disc’s return to stop them falling foul of the law by simply forgetting to tax their vehicles on time; the research also found a staggering 13.5 million motorists don’t know when their tax is due.

In response, Motoring.co.uk said a DVLA said stating: “We believe that the digital system is working well and that more than 29 million have chosen to tax their vehicles online or by phone. When vehicles are due to be taxed, we still send reminders, we send V11 reminders to all motorists except those who have chosen to pay by Direct Debit – they would receive a Direct Debit reminder. If motorists are driving without valid tax then they could be fined up to £1,000 and face having their vehicle impounded so it is paramount for them to make sure their vehicle is taxed on time.”

However, the DfT has since admitted that the number of vehicles without road tax has doubled to 560,000 in the summer of 2015 according to its survey.

Terry Hogan, co-founder and director of Motoring.co.uk, said: “With the lack of a physical tax disc, it seems large numbers of motorists are failing to renew their car tax -driving illegally and liable to fines.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.