MOTORISTS across the borough will have to get used to not having something in their cars which has been with them since 1921 under new plans announced by the Government.
The tax disc to show motorists have paid vehicle excise duty is to be replaced with an electronic system after officials said it was no longer needed with the DVLA and police now relying on an electronic register. The new system will allow people to pay the charge by monthly direct debit. At present, motorists are able to choose whether they pay Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) in twelve or six month instalments.
The latter option costs 10 per cent extra each year, but this is expected to be cut to 5 per cent.
The new option of paying by monthly direct debit is also expected to cost 5 per cent more than paying for a full year in one go.
The changes are expected to come into effect in October 2014.
A spokesman for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) said the body received approximately 160,000 reports from members of the public of potentially untaxed vehicles last year.
And 200,000 drivers in all were spotted having not paid VED last year, by the public or by the authorities - or by both, he added.
The DVLA also took action against 600,000 drivers whose non-compliance was revealed by analysis of its records, he said.
Vehicle tax was introduced in the 1888 and the system of excise duty was introduced with the Roads Act 1920, with the tax disc appearing the following year.