Government 'no' to tax disc switch
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• The Government has rejected an appeal to replace vehicle excise duty discs with a crime-busting alternative.
In reply to Bob McTaggart MP, who proposed the introduction of a theft-proof alternative, Roads Minister Peter Bottomley said that only 150,000 licence discs — about 0.5% of those in circulation were lost or stolen annually. "Theft of licence discs is a crime" he said. "There is no need for further legislation".
Bottomley added that research is continuing into making licences more difficult to remove from vehicle windscreens without affecting the security and other design features, but said: "They often need to be removed legitimately for refund."