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The end of paper tax discs





The tricky task of trying to remove the circular car tax disc from its perforations will soon be a thing of the past, as the government moves to a paperless system. After the best part of a century, paper tax discs are to be replaced with an electronic system, allowing motorists to pay for their vehicle excise duty by monthly direct debit. It will allow drivers to spread payments, although at a cost of an additional 5%, and save businesses an estimated £7m a year in administration costs.

The first vehicle taxes were introduced in 1888 and the current system of excise duties to help pay for the maintenance and construction of roads was introduced in 1920. The first tax discs were issued a year later.

The move has been made possible because of the increasing use of an electronic register of cars, vans and lorries to identify tax dodgers.