To drive or keep a vehicle on the road you will still need to get the vehicle taxed. The DVLA will also still send you a renewal reminder when your vehicle tax is due to expire.
Buying a vehicle
From 1 October, when you buy a vehicle, any vehicle tax will no longer be transferred with the vehicle. You will need to get the new vehicle taxed before you can use the vehicle. You can tax the vehicle using the New Keeper Supplement (V5C/2) part of the vehicle registration certificate (V5C) online or by using the automated phone service - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you may wish to visit a Post Office® branch.
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.
Vehicle tax refunds
You will no longer need to make a separate application for a refund of vehicle tax. DVLA will automatically issue a refund when a notification is received from the person named on DVLA vehicle register that the:
• vehicle has been sold or transferred
• vehicle has been scrapped at an Authorised Treatment Facility
• vehicle has been exported
• vehicle has been removed from the road and the person on the vehicle register has made a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)
• person on the vehicle register has changed the tax class on the vehicle to an exempt duty tax class
Paying vehicle tax by Direct Debit
From 1 October 2014 (5 October if setting up at a Post Office®), Direct Debit will be offered as an additional way to pay for vehicle tax. This will be available for customers who need to tax their vehicle from 1 November 2014:
• 6 monthly
• monthly (12 months tax paid for on a monthly basis)
Provided an MOT remains valid, the payments will continue automatically until you tell DVLA to stop taking them or you cancel the Direct Debit with your bank.
The Direct Debit will be cancelled and payments automatically stopped when you tell DVLA that you no longer have the vehicle, or the vehicle has been taken off the road and a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) has been made.
Paying by Direct Debit will not be available to:
• first registration vehicles
• fleet schemes
• HGVs that pay the Road User Levy (all other HGVs can pay by Direct Debit)
For more information take a look at the Youtube video below (desktop only). If you have any questions please contact your nearest Pentagon branch.
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