New road tax rules

From 1 October 2014, the Driving Vehicle and Licensing Agency will stop issuing paper tax discs and instead make the system digital. 

Car owners still need to have paid vehicle tax to drive or keep a vehicle on the road, but police cameras will automatically check a car’s number plate to establish if this has been paid.

What this means to you

To drive or keep a vehicle on the road you will still need to get vehicle tax and DVLA will still send you a renewal reminder when your vehicle tax is due to expire. This applies to all types of vehicles including those that are exempt from payment of vehicle tax.

Buying a vehicle

From 1 October, when you buy a vehicle, the vehicle tax will no longer be transferred with the vehicle. You will need to get new vehicle tax before you can use the vehicle.

Selling a vehicle

If you sell a vehicle after 1 October and you have notified DVLA, you will automatically get a refund for any full calendar months left on the vehicle tax.

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) seeks views on new assessments of police forces in England and Wales


This consultation gives the public the opportunity to have their say on the approach used to make these assessments, as well as the way they will be presented. The consultation period will run until Friday 29 August 2014, so everyone with an interest in policing – including the public and the service – will have an opportunity to have their say.

The purpose of the exercise is to assess how well each of the 43 forces in England and Wales are performing.

Each force will be assessed against three themes:

  • efficiency (value for money) 
  • effectiveness (cutting crime)
  • legitimacy (provides a service that is fair and treats people properly)

Each theme will acheive one of four ratings:

  • outstanding
  • good
  • requires improvement
  • inadequate

To take the consultation, please click here.

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