July 31 2014.

With the abolition of the paper tax disc from the 1st of October 2014, motorcycles will no longer be required to display a paper tax disc. Motorcycle dealers will be at significant risk during road tests or whilst vehicles are collected or delivered, as driving an untaxed vehicle will be a criminal offence and will leave employees and businesses at risk of prosecution.

To ride or keep a motorcycle on the road, it will still need to be taxed and DVLA will still send a renewal reminder when the motorcycle tax is due to expire. This applies to all types of vehicles including those that are exempt from payment of road tax.

From the 1st of October, when a motorcycle is purchased, the road tax will no longer be transferred with the bike. A new road tax will be required before the vehicle can be used. This can be done by using the New Keeper Supplement (V5C/2) part of the vehicle registration certificate (V5C) online or by phone - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, machines can still be taxed at the Post Office. However, if a motorcycle is sold after the 1st of October, and DVLA has been notified, an automatic refund will be made for any full calendar months left on the road tax.

You can check the tax status of any vehicle online at www.vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk. You’ll need the make of motorcycle and registration number.

Source: NMDA News July 2104.