BRITS are clinging onto their tax discs despite the fact they were scrapped three years ago.
Around three million drivers have a pointless disc on their windscreen, according to the AA.
And half of these say they’d forget to pay their annual road tax if they got rid of it.
The rest said they keep the tax disc as the car “looks weird” without it attached.
But people are getting used to having a blank windscreen with 300,000 new drivers never owning a car with a tax disc.
The disc was scrapped in October 2014 with the DVLA moving to an online system.
Although you’ll still get a letter in the post to remind you to pay up.
But these can get lost in the post – or sent to wrong addresses if you’ve moved house.
And £41million worth of fines due to unpaid vehicle excise duty were handed out in 2016.
An increase of £10million compared to 2015.
Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA, said: “There is a sense of nostalgia with keeping a tax disc, but for many it provides a tax and MoT test reminder too.
“The DVLA is trying to encourage people to update their records so that reminder letters are sent to the correct address, rather than an old one.”
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Since the disc was scrapped it also means tax is not transferable when you sell a car.
New buyers have to tax out new tax immediately – and that’s led to “ghost tax” concerns with the DVLA cashing in twice on some months.
Cousens added: “With an increase in fines for unpaid VED, there are questions around the process for buying cars privately.
“In the past the vehicle would be sold with the remaining tax intact, but now the onus is on the buyer to tax the vehicle before they drive away with their new purchase.
“It is probably too early to call for the return of the tax disc, but there is clearly still some affection for a little circle of paper on a windscreen.”
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