Were you affected by the tax disc mayhem? A couple of the Entyce team were! From 1st October, motorists can tear up their little piece of coloured paper that adorns their windscreens as a new fangled tried and tested system has been set up to replace the humble tax disc.
An electronic database has been put in place to track and monitor who has paid and who hasn’t – anyone who hasn’t paid will be faced with a fine of £1000.
The first day of this new system didn’t quite go to plan as thousands of people were left unable to renew their car tax online due to the DVLA website being completely swamped by calls. Not a good start!
So if we don’t need the tax disc anymore, how will we be tracked we hear you ask? Well, Big Brother is always watching isn’t he? Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras, which track all cars, will catch those who haven’t paid up. The police can look up car registration numbers on the Police National Computer system, and any offenders will be fined. Here lies another problem though, as it has been said that ANPR system doesn’t always get it right! If a number plate is cracked, dirty or has thick bolts fixing it in place it may get misread. Hopefully all these teething problems will be ironed out in due course!
We’ll be sorry to wave goodbye to the little splash of perforated colour on our screens, perhaps we’ll do something creative with the Entcye teams discs… or maybe we’ll become collectors like 12 year old Jude Currie.