On 1st October the tax disc is being abolished. At the moment some concessions/exemptions for people with disabilities e.g. from local authorities, car park owners use tax discs to check that people qualified for them. It's important that these exemptions are still provided but it isn't clear how best to see that people qualify for them.
The DVLA has an electronic system, the vehicle enquiry service, which anyone can use to check MOT, tax etc. for any car using the registration (this is mainly in place so that the general public can check on their own cars/car they are going to buy). They would like to put something on this so the above stakeholders can identify that people qualify for exemptions without ‘outing’ the person as being disabled to the general public should a nosy neighbour put their registration in.
They have two proposals on how to do this:
- Vehicles which are taxed in the ‘disabled’ taxation class are described on the vehicle enquiry service as ‘exempt’ this would also include certain other vehicles which are exempt from vehicle tax such as agricultural, limited use, fire service, police, NHS vehicles etc.
- Vehicles are described on the vehicle enquiry service by their tax class code i.e. vehicles taxed as ‘disabled’ would show a tax class code of ‘78’. This code description would be made available to key stakeholders such as local authorities and car park operators but would only be available to the general public upon specific request.
We’d love to know what your thoughts are on these proposals: which one you would prefer? or do you have a better idea?