No need for road tax paper discs

It is surely time to reconsider the requirement for motorists to display road tax discs on the inside of their car windshields.

Checks for tax evasion should rely on the centralised vehicle registration database operated by the Land Transport Authority in conjunction with today's high-tech vehicle number-plate recognition capabilities.

In fact, since October last year, Britain has stopped issuing vehicle excise duty (VED) paper discs and, after 93 years, it is no longer a requirement for motorists there to display the discs in their cars.

Instead, number-plate recognition technology will be used to check for unpaid VED.

Yeo Tiong Lin

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 28, 2015, with the headline 'No need for road tax paper discs'. Print Edition | Subscribe