The DVLA have recently released their latest issue of ‘Your DVLA’, a publication that provides key updates on driving law throughout the year. The January 2019 release details the latest news from the DVLA, including sections about company digital tachograph cards, the increase in exports without logbooks and the impact of the VED changes on the used car market. If you haven’t read it, we’ve summarised the key information relevant to dealerships below.
Company digital tachograph cards
The DVLA have been beta-testing a new online service for company digital tachograph cards on the UK government website. This is particularly important information for dealerships who serve fleet customers, as tachographs help to ensure that drivers and employers follow the rules on drivers’ hours.
In the latest ‘Your DVLA’ issue, the DVLA say that, following the successful private beta test, the company digital tachograph card application service will be launched into public beta in the first quarter of 2019. The renewal and replacement of cards process is set to go online later in the year, too. Furthermore, driver digital tachograph card services will be developed later this year, making it quicker and easier for individual drivers to get their cards.
Selling vehicles outside of the UK
The DVLA has reminded drivers of the importance of having a logbook (V5C), following an increase in individuals and dealerships outside the UK contacting DVLA after they have bought vehicles from the UK without being given one.
The lack of V5C not only makes it difficult to register the vehicle outside of the UK, but can also present problems for the previous owner, as if the vehicle is not notified as being exported, they will continue to be recorded as the last known ‘keeper’ of the vehicle for enforcement and traceability purposes.
It’s important to remember, when selling any vehicle to a customer with a non-UK address, that:
Full information can be found here: www.gov.uk/taking-vehicles-out-of-uk
VED changes and the used car market
‘Your DVLA’ also covers the impact of the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) changes within the used car market.
As most of you will be aware, from 1 April 2017 a new VED banding system was introduced for cars and vans registered as new. What rate of car tax you'll pay is based on the date the car was first registered – however, this is not always the same date you bought the car, if you bought it used.
Vehicles with a list price of over £40,000 will pay an additional rate of tax (ART) of £310 on top of the standard rate of £140, for five years after the first licence ends. The standard rate is reduced to £130 per year for alternative fuel vehicles. Although exempt from the standard rate, the ART does apply to electric vehicles and vehicles with zero CO2 emissions if the vehicle’s list price was £40,000 or more.
For vehicles that are subject to the additional rate, the DVLA emphasises the importance of ensuring that your customers are made aware of this when buying their new vehicle. Information will be displayed in section 3 of the V5C registration certificate if the additional rate applies to the vehicle. Further information on vehicle tax rates is available at www.gov.uk/calculate-vehicle-tax-rates.