Following my blog earlier this week, I said I’d issue another one by the end of this week to explain the use of trade plates, forms and obtaining tax on your customer’s behalf. These were all topics that cropped up during the recent vehicle tax changes webchat.
There were a few questions around the use of trade plates and whether or not any rules have changed. The rules remain the same and trade plates can continue to be used to demonstrate a vehicle to prospective buyers. If a dealer wants to use the vehicle for any other purpose they must tax it and register it in their name. Remember that any vehicles taken in part exchange after 1 October will be untaxed due to the new non transferability rules.
We’ve now completed all the changes to impacted forms and these will be available from 1 October 2014 onwards. You can still continue to use any existing forms that you may be holding (e.g. V55, V317 etc). The V14 (Application for a refund) and V20 (Application for a duplicate tax disc) forms will become obsolete from 1 October 2014.
Another question we had, concerned taxing on behalf of a customer. A dealer can tax a vehicle on behalf of a customer using the new keeper supplement of the logbook (V5C/2). This will let DVLA know that a new keeper has purchased a vehicle and that the vehicle is taxed. For vehicles due to be taxed from 1 November 2014 onwards, a dealer may also set up a Direct Debit on behalf of the customer. This must be agreed between the customer and the dealer.
We're holding a further webchat on 17 September between 10am and 12noon. If you'd like to take part then please go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/vehicle-tax-changes-webchat--2
Please take this opportunity to ask any remaining questions that you may have as we enter the final two weeks before the changes are introduced.
Again, thank you for your continued support.