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Drivers Still Displaying Tax Disc Even After Its Discontinuation

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A change to the way that car tax operates means that it is no longer a legal requirement for British motorists to display a paper tax disc in the windows of their cars. But a study conducted by Populus has revealed that plenty of people have yet to actually give up their existing disc, according to ITV News.

Tax discs went the way of the dodo last October, with police switching to the sole use of number plate recognition technology to help work out whether or not a particular vehicle has been properly taxed. But the study conducted with close to 20,000 respondents from across the UK, revealed that just a fifth of those questioned have actually removed their old tax disc from their car.

When asked why they were still displaying a tax disc in spite of it no longer being a legal requirement, 43 per cent said that it was a convenient way of keeping track of their current tax, to see when they need to pay their next instalment. Although of course as time passes and the final tax discs that were issued become outdated, the number of people displaying one will surely decrease rapidly.

Twenty six per cent of those aged under 24 said that they had removed the tax disc from their vehicle, although oddly, the study found that Londoners are the least likely to have done so, with just 15 per cent of those in the capital stating that they were among the first to ditch the disc.

Female motorists were the most organised group of tax disc removers, with 45 per cent of the women questioned having done this since the scheme came to an end last October. Drivers aged over 65 carried this out in similar numbers.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, about 18 per cent of respondents said that they had not taken their tax disc out of their car because they had forgotten that this was an option. Just under a tenth of those questioned said that they were hesitant to get rid of it, because they felt that their vehicle would not look the same without it. This opinion was particularly common among those living in London.

Report spokesperson, Edmund King, said that even in the four months since the tax disc was killed off, the legacy of this circular piece of paper is still sticking to the collective consciousness of British motoring.

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