UK government scraps the paper car tax disc after more than 90 years

Almost a century after its introduction, the UK government is set to scrap the paper car disc and go all in with its electronic register. According to the BBC, its death was confirmed by the UK Treasury ahead of Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement later today, meaning motorists will no longer need fix a disc in their car window to prove they've taxed their car. "This is a visual symbol of how we are moving government into the modern age," says the UK government, which will also announce that vehicle owners can pay for their duty by monthly direct debit, adding 5 percent to the overall cost. From October 2014, authorities will identify whether tax has been paid through a car's license plate, allowing it to recoup £7 million in admin costs and save UK drivers the hassle of waiting for that little paper disc to come through the post.

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