Monthly Archives: October 2014

Death of the tax disc: learn new rules or risk £1,000 fine

The traditional paper car tax disc will be replaced by an electronic system in October, and drivers are being urged to understand the rules

The tax disc, which was first introduced in 1921, will cease to exist in paper form from October 1, with a new electronic system being put in its place.

Under new rules announced in the Autumn Statement last year, motorists will now have to register their car online to pay Vehicle Excise Duty, otherwise known as road tax. This can be done via Direct Debit on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) website, on the phone, or at a Post Office branch.

Those who don’t register for the tax, will be caught out by number plate recognition cameras which track each vehicle on the road.

While the move aims to streamline services and, it is claimed, save British businesses millions of pounds a year in administrative costs, motorists are being warned to brush up on the new rules or face possible fines.

The change mostly affects those buying or selling a used car.

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The Government has announced plans to quadruple speeding fines on the motorway

At the wheel is roads policing officer PC Wayne Mills. He has his foot down and is weaving in and out of traffic as his partner, PC Charlie Etheridge, checks the radio for an update on the accident we are speeding towards. “It’s a fatal [accident], involving a female and a two-week-old baby girl on the southbound carriageway. The female is deceased and the condition of the baby is unknown,” he says in staccato fashion, struggling to stay steady as we accelerate on to the M40 motorway in Oxfordshire.

It’s what the two officers call an “impactive job”, their code for a gruesome one, which explains why PC Mills pushes the police Volvo to 130mph and a helicopter ambulance is racing across the sky ahead of us to the crash site.

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The drivers who are too vain to wear their glasses

Millions of motorists are putting themselves and others at risk on Britain’s roads because they are too vain to wear their glasses while driving.

A survey by One Poll revealed one in eight drivers who should wear glasses whilst behind the wheel admit to driving without them.

The survey was commissioned to discover the public’s attitude towards wearing corrective lenses for driving.

It asked 1,000 glasses wearers whether they wore their corrective lenses – and their reasons for not doing so.

Drivers under 44 years old were 15 times more likely to leave their glasses at home than the over 55s.

Worryingly 43 per cent of those who admitted to not wearing glasses to drive when they should said the reason they chose not to do so was vanity.

Others said it was ‘too much hassle’ or they regularly ‘forgot’ their glasses before getting behind the wheel as the main reasons.