Car Tax – Insurance certificate no longer needed for car tax…

A new Government proposal means that drivers may no longer have to produce their motor insurance certificate when buying a car tax disc.

The recommendation has yet to be consulted on, but proposes to use technology that will automatically check the Motor Insurance Database to identify registered keepers of vehicles and their insurance status.

Roads Minister Stephen Hammond states that the proposal aims to make getting a road tax disc less hassle. In a DVLA press release Hammond says:

‘We are committed to getting rid of unnecessary red tape. There is absolutely no benefit in making motorists prove they have insurance when they buy a tax disc now that we regularly check existing databases for insurance’

Many motorists will welcome this news as it is not always quick and easy to obtain a hard copy of an insurance certificate which is currently needed to buy a tax disc from the post office.