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Drivers should be more conscious about changes to taxing laws - Lynch

Published: 4 October, 2014

In light of last weeks' revisions to car taxing laws, Fermanagh South Tyrone MLA Seán Lynch has urged drivers to make sure they are aware of the changes.

As Deputy Chair of the Regional Development Committee, Lynch says

"The paper tax disc, first issued on January 1, 1921, has finally had its day - from last Wednesday, October 1, 2014 you no longer need to display your paper tax disc on your car."

"Now cameras are used to enforce most road laws and they detect number plates rather than paper tax discs. Also, the DVLA has digital records of who has and has not paid vehicle tax, again, rendering paper records unnecessary."

"I have no doubt the new system will experience some teething problems so drivers really need to make sure they're on top of their game," he added.

"Just because you don't have to display a tax disc doesn't mean you can get away with not paying it, if anything you're more likely to be caught now than before."

"This worries me. A recent poll of more than 1,000 drivers found that 40% were completely unaware of the changes - this means millions of drivers, who already struggle to pay car maintenance, could be risking fines of up to £1,000."

Mr.Lynch advises

"If you have any queries at all call the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) on 0300 790 6802 - it could save you a fine of up to £1,000."