Letter to Branches
No. 578/2014 Ref: 300 Date:16th September 2014
To: Branches with POSTAL Members
Motor Vehicle Taxation – Royal Mail Group Vehicles
Following a number of enquiries from Branches regarding the cessation of the requirement to display Motor Taxation Discs in vehicles, we have made representation to Royal Mail on the subject and received the following response, which is reproduced below for your information.
On 1st October 2014, there will no longer be the requirement to display a tax disc in any vehicle registered in the UK. This is the same for both businesses and private users and Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) will be used to detect non-compliance. Checking of tax disc expiry will no longer be needed as part of the routine vehicle checks carried out by our drivers. As is the case now, any late licensing penalties received will be paid centrally by Royal Mail and there is no liability for our employees.
In order to manage the new requirement, we have developed a robust system that will ensure our vehicles are taxed. The process will continue to be refined over the coming weeks as automation will be enabled by the introduction of the M5 reporting system. For peace of mind, a useful link for individuals to check the status of their vehicle is: http://www.vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk
Any enquiries to Bob Gibson’s Office, quoting reference 300, email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
CWU Assistant Secretary – Outdoor