I'm glad that I spotted this Telegraph story today because it means I can maintain my record of five posts per calendar month this year.
The story is about how the DVLA is running out of the thick-ish paper that they print Tax Discs on so they are printing some of their own on thinner paper without the easy-tear perforations.
This is on the back of the news that the media have just noticed that Tax Discs will no longer need to be displayed on or after October 1st this year.
This is mildly irritating to me. My disc expires on 30th September. This means I probably won't be sent one of the new, thinner, unperforated discs that they talk about in the Telegraph article. This is a shame because there is always someone sad enough to collect unusual ephemera like that so I could have put it on e-Bay after it expired and cashed in on its historic value.
The article also goes on to say that many motorists are unaware of this change and that there is a serious danger that anyone buying a car after October 1st will need to arrange tax straight away because no tax disc means no transfer of the duty paid along with the car. Hopefully the seller will be refunded any remaining monies as is the current system when you send the disc back to the DVLA.
Although I am one of the 58% of motorists (according to the AA survey quoted in the Telegraph) who did know it was happening (check out my post from last December) I didn't know the start-date or the implications for car buyers.
Or the implications for people who make tax-disc holders - don't buy any shares in these...