If your windscreen still has a paper tax disc stuck to it, you're not alone - apparently around 70% of drivers still have one on display, even though rule changes last October mean they're no longer needed.
The long-serving paper tax disc was consigned to history last year when the collection of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) went electronic. At the time it was claimed it would save the taxpayer an estimated £10 million a year spent on producing, issuing and posting discs.
The AA says that almost 70% drivers haven't removed them from their cars, with 43% keeping it to remind them when it expires. Others (8%) just feel their car would 'look odd' without one, while 18% have simply forgotten there's a new system.
Whether you keep yours or not, you need to be aware of the changes, as failure to pay could result in a hefty fine.
Since 1st October 2014 an electronic database has been keeping track of who has paid their VED - and who hasn't. As part of this there is no longer a requirement to display a car tax disc on your windscreen.
How is the new system enforced?
Automatic number plate recognition cameras will catch those who haven't paid up. Offenders will face fines of up to £1,000.
What if I buy or sell a car?
Since the change, remaining tax can no longer be transferred with a vehicle. Buyers will no longer benefit from the remaining months on a tax disc - they will have to renew the tax straight away. Sellers will automatically receive a refund from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) for any remaining full calendar months left on the vehicle tax, as long as they have notified it.
How do I now pay for tax?
You can pay online at GOV.UK, at a Post Office or via Direct Debit payments. You will still be sent a renewal reminder when your tax is due to expire.
How can I check if my vehicle is taxed?
You can look up the tax status of any vehicle using the DVLA's Vehicle Enquiry System.
Is everyone in the UK affected?
Yes, though motorists in Northern Ireland will still need to display their MOT disc.