This makes me nervous! I wonder if it is going to lead to an increase in the number of untaxed (and thereby uninsured!)vehicles on the road. When I lived in South Africa one didn't have a road fund disc on the screen, but one had to display a third party insurance disc which was purchased from their equivalent of the DVLA and you then could take what was known as 'balance of third party insurance' bringing you up to the level of fully comp.
I already renew my vehicle tax online, but I think the majority still use their local post office. So here we have yet another nail in the demise of more sub post offices as services are taken away from them.
Alan (the kiaman) & Sylvia - recycled teenagers (i.e. over 60!) 2013 Bailey S2 Unicorn Cadiz & 04 Kia Sorento CRDi XS Auto with Griffin Tuning Powerbox (175bhp)
This was first muted to the transport industry last year. The reason for it is that they can cut jobs and therefore costs. The DVLA said that as insurance and MOT are both available to the Police, VOSA and other Government agencies electronically there was no reason to keep issuing paper discs.
Thet have opened up the payment for VED by now including monthly charges by DD, but remember that both the bi annual and monthly deductions will carry a surcharge whereas the annual payment doesn't. This along with the closure of the local DVLA offices must be saving them a mint.
DVLA made changes last year to the issue of VTG 6 & 7 plates for LGV, you used to wait 13 weeks for a plating certificate, now if you are lucky it's 26 weeks.