Around 70% of drivers haven’t removed tax disc from windscreen
It may have been abolished last October but it seems drivers are in no rush to remove the tax disc from their car’s windscreen, reports the AA.
According to an AA-Populus poll of 19,887 AA members*, only a fifth (22% men vs 15% women) have removed the small perforated disc with more than double (43%) leaving it as a reminder of when the tax is due. But for those who want to be sure they don’t miss the tax renewal date, the AA’s free app will do that job for them along with a host of other useful motoring tools.
Younger drivers aged 18-24 (26%) were most likely to have ditched the paper disc – perhaps not having quite the same nostalgia for it – similarly for those in North-east England (22%) compared to Londoners (15%).
Women (45% women vs 42% men) and older drivers aged 65 and over (45%) were most likely to have kept it in place as a reminder; close to a fifth (18%) had simply forgotten; and 8 per cent hadn’t removed it because the car would ‘look odd’ without it – the reason most commonly cited by drivers in London (11%).
In response, the AA has issued millions of free heritage AA badges to its members to fill the windscreen void. In line with the times, they also tell members how to report breakdowns digitally via The AA App, as well as how to call for assistance.
For those AA members who may feel naked without a physical tax disc they can always replace it with the AA heritage badge, which also gives essential breakdown numbers
Edmund King, AA president
Edmund King, AA president, says: “The tax disc may have been scrapped four months ago but it seems to be stuck in our motoring conscience. Its practical purpose to help remind you when your tax is due is clearly missed but drivers can now use the free AA app to set reminders for tax, MOT, insurance and service dates, helping manage motoring finances. For those AA members who may feel naked without a physical tax disc they can always replace it with the AA heritage badge, which also gives essential breakdown numbers.
If you’re unlucky enough to break down, The AA app also tracks your patrol’s arrival. Other useful features include showing you the best routes; where you can find cheap fuel; a parking-space finder; dashboard warning light information; and what the latest traffic situation is.”
To mark the development of the app, members who download and sign in or update their existing version of The AA app before 30 April 2015 will be in with a chance of winning a new Volkswagen Golf GTI**.
The AA app is available for iPhone on the ‘App Store’ and for Android on ‘Google play’. Search for “TheAA”.
(9 February 2015)
* 19,887 adults, aged 18+, responded to the AA-Populus online panel between 18-26 November 2014. Populus is a founder member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.