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28 October 2014 Tax Disc Changes

Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) has modernised the car industry forever by removing the need for paper tax discs. Thanks to the futuristic capabilities of ANPR you will never need to replace your tax disc ever again as they are now rendered totally obsolete by the genius of the automatic number plate recognition system which has been implemented by every police force in the United Kingdom.

ANPR removes the physical responsibility of the traffic officer to routinely check car registrations and hands it over to the advanced computer system. ANPR has the capability to track a cars number plate even if they are travelling over 110mph regardless of weather conditions. This gives police officers an advantage that they never had before, it becomes unnecessary for them to stop or pursue the motorist.

Introduced to the UK in the mid 1990’s ANPR technology has been making life hard for criminals and tax dodgers ever since, as well as reducing traffic related casualties by removing unsafe drivers from our roads. Police can look up any cars registration number on the Police National Computer system and easily find out if that particular driver has paid their tax, insurance and also see if there are any outstanding warrants for their arrest. This has led to police officers engaged on ANPR operations arresting up to five times the number of offenders that patrol officers would normally catch in a year.

The tax disc changes were first implemented on 1st October, however if you’re worried that because you’ve already recently renewed your tax disc that you’ll have to renew again then put those fears to rest as your existing road tax will remain valid until it’s expiry date. However, upon the expiry date you will have to renew your tax once again. Another good piece of news is that according to Julie Daniels, Head of Motoring at the implementation of ANPR and the removal of the tax disc will lead to less tax dodgers on the road and as a result this “should have a positive impact on premiums”.

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