bye bye taxdisk! – and why I ride without it anyway…

s300_15.10.2012The requirement to display the tax disk on your vehicle never made much sense to me. .. I always had it on my car as it is not as much hustle but it was always a pain in the butt on the motorcycle…

  1. First of all it is  not just a quick slide of the new disk on replacement. The tax disk on a motorcycle needs a special holder that will prevent it from the elements… So to replace the disk there were spanners and screwdrivers in use…
  2. some of them have a tendency to leak/let the humidity in resulting in the fogging and potentially damaging the taxdisk.
  3. they are an additional thing to rattle during riding.
  4. sometimes they would be the additional thing to be removed during maintenance tasks (e.g. chain cleaning if mounted on the chain-guard)
  5. some low-lifes will be looking to steal them

but why I currently have none on my bike is none of the above…

When I purchased my bike it had no RoadTax. I purchased it myself – filled in all the details online (including my address) but my disk never came… I called the DVLA 2 weeks after the payment and was told that the disk was sent to the address of registered keeper  that was in their system at the time of purchase (not me).  Silly me – I thought that they will use the address I gave them when I purchased the disk…

They told me that I can either cancel and buy it again (!) or pay for new one to be issued. I was very thankful for such a helpful advice… and decided they can kiss my ass. I ride without it ever since. Thankfully this stupid requirement is due to be scrapped in 30 days so YEY! 😉

This is the quote from gov.uk website:

…from 1 October 2014, the paper tax disc, first issued on 1 January 1921, will no longer be issued and required to be displayed on a vehicle windscreen. Vehicle tax will still need to be paid but with DVLA having a digital record of who has and has not paid, a paper tax disc is no longer necessary as proof that vehicle tax is paid. The vast majority of motorists pay their vehicle tax with latest figures confirming that over 99% of motorists? tax their vehicles on time? Most on-road enforcement action is now based on using Automatic Number Plate Readers. These cameras use the number plate rather than a visual inspection of the tax disc. The police also have access to DVLA records via the police national computer. There are significant savings for fleet operators and other businesses from not having to handle the administration of tax discs.

so Bye, Bye useless Taxdisk forever!