Car Tax Discs

Eliminate the need for every car to display a tax disc.....they have been abolished in the U.K..why not here?

Why the contribution is important

Reduced printing and production costs.

by gforce on April 05, 2017 at 08:56PM

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  • Posted by MBR April 05, 2017 at 21:18

    My only comment to this is that when there is an RTC, we as the public are not aware if a vehicle is taxed and therefore insured (or it should be) - so perhaps an insurance disc could be utilised rather than find out post event when the driver has left the scene - this would also mean the IOM Road Policing Unit having to install ANPR systems on their vehicles and on access and egress to areas such as Douglas, etc and that would be a challenge in terms of Data Protection given it would be considered as excessively intrusive... in terms of savings, does the cost of the discs exceed the cost of the equipment, installation, implementation and monitoring.
  • Posted by RamseyMan April 05, 2017 at 23:38

    The vehicle tax disk is not proof of insurance it just indicates that the holder had insurance at the time they taxed the vehicle this could have been cancelled the next day.
    Scrap vehicle tax completely as a concept and increase income tax or increase tax on road fuel. This will save admin both for government and for the public.
  • Posted by dpfellows April 06, 2017 at 14:16

    This seems to tie in with suggestion above of moving vehicle licensing to the DVLA.
  • Posted by thinktank April 06, 2017 at 17:02

    Why not in fact add to the tax disc and only issue it when you take out insurance, not just at the point you show it to the authorities. Also it is handy that the ordinary person can for themselves see if a car is taxed and insured. I do think its fair that you pay car tax according to the size of your engine..
  • Posted by dpfellows April 06, 2017 at 22:01

    gforce the car I have in Ireland has to have three discs - road tax, NCT (MOT) and insurance. All show their end date very prominently. The police do regular stop and check activities.
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 08, 2017 at 14:16

    The Police ANPR camera checks if insurance is valid as well as taxed I think,so would be useful.Should also be linked to the English one .When out with my dog I often see expired tax discs and,being taxed and insured it makes me angry that some pay and some flaut the law at our expense.
  • Posted by cassi May 04, 2017 at 19:56

    Great idea also let people buy their car tax by monthly direct debit or in six monthly periods to reduce the number of people driving around untaxed.
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