Its the end of the line for the tax disc - from today, the little round paper discs will no longer be issued to drivers across the UK.

Motorists that have tax discs with months left to run will be able to remove them from their cars and destroy them as the vehicle tax process goes digital.

So as we bid farewell to the tax disc - first introduced in 1921 - here's everything you need to know about vehicle tax changes.

What's changing?

  • From today, you can go online to tax your car or declare it off the road (SORN) - all you need is the 16 digit reference number from our tax renewal reminder or the 11 digit reference number from your vehicle log book.
  • You will no longer receive a tax disc - and people with tax discs that run beyond October 1 no longer have to display them in their vehicles.
  • For the first time, you will also be able to pay your vehicle tax by direct debit - on a annual, six-monthly or monthly basis. Vehicle tax will be automatically renewed until you tell the DVLA to stop taking them, or cancel the direct debit with your bank.
  • However, the direct debit scheme is unavailable to drivers with first registration vehicles, fleet vehicles in bulk schemes (although a direct debit can be set up on fleet vehicles individually) and HGV's that pay the Road User Levy (all other HGVs can pay by direct debit).

What happens when I buy a car with tax left on it?

  • Under the new rules, when you buy a car, the car tax no longer comes with it - you'll need to tax the car before you can hit the road.
  • You can do this by using the New Keeper Supplement part of the vehicle registration certificate (V5C), online , by calling 0300 123 4321, or visiting your nearest Post Office.             
Tax disc collector Jude Currie, 12, of Surrey, said he would be sad to see the discs go
Tax disc collector Jude Currie, 12, of Surrey, said he would be sad to see the discs go
 

What if I sell my car and there's tax left on it? Will I get a refund?

  • If you're selling your vehicle, you won't be able to include the remaining tax. After today, if you sell your car and have notified the DVLA, you'll get an automatic refund for the remaining months of vehicle tax left.
  • You won't have to apply for the refund - the DVLA will issue it when they receive notification that the car has been sold or transferred, scrapped, exported, removed from the road, or if it has become a vehicle that falls into an exempt duty tax class.

How will I know my car is taxed?

  • You will be able to check the tax status of any vehicle online - this service can also be used for rental vehicles.
  • You will receive a reminder in the post when it's time to tax your car as normal.

Will this affect my Kirklees Council parking permit?

  • All local authorities have been informed that no tax discs will be issued after today.

What will happen if I take my car abroad?

  • The DVLA has informed the European Union that from today, UK registered vehicles travelling in the EU will not display tax discs.