Motorists slow to ditch the disc

Published: Monday 9th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Motorists no longer need to display proof of payment of car tax on their windscreens but many drivers have been slow to ditch the disc, according to an AA/Populus survey.

The emergence of electronic checks led to the scrapping of the vehicle excise duty car tax disc last October.

But a poll of 19,887 AA members showed only 20% had removed the disc, with 43% leaving it as a reminder when the tax was due.

Younger drivers aged 18-24 (26%) were most likely to have ditched the paper disc, while 22% of drivers in north-east England, but only 15% in London, have got rid of it.

Women (45%) and older drivers aged 65 and over (45%) were most likely to have kept it in place as a reminder, while 18% had simply forgotten to remove it.

As many as 8% had not removed it because the car would “look odd” without it, with Londoners most likely to think this.

AA president Edmund King said: “The tax disc may have been scrapped four months ago but it seems to be stuck in our motoring conscience.”

Published: Monday 9th February 2015 by The News Editor

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  • JB

    I’ve left my road tax disc in place on the windscreen simply because it was issued before October and runs ’til August 2015 – when out of date, I’ll remove it and the tax disc holder entirely.

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