Finally the end of annoyingly hard perforations is over. No longer will the humble British motorist need to spend large amounts of time trying to separate the annoying circle from its surround, or trying to find a holder that can withstand a thimble full of condensation without doing a swan dive into the passenger foot well.
Since its introduction in 1920 we have had to ensure we display the piece of expensive paper for fear of being fined, towed or getting our car crushed.
This was an inevitable development, as long gone are the days when you may be able to get away with sticking a beer matt in your disc holder in the hope that it would look convincing enough to the glance of a passing Police officer. These days they pop your number plate into their magic machine thingy, and in no time at all they know if you’re road legal, your inside leg measurement, and the last time you managed to evacuate your bowels.
What? I still have to pay.
Unfortunately Road Tax hasn’t come to the same abrupt demise as the Tax Disc. Instead we now get to pay for our road tax online. At this point I would like to point out a few potential problems with this change of system.
This change will undoubtedly involve the introduction of a new process on the government website by which we purchase our road tax. I’m sure most are aware that the words ‘Government’ and ‘New Software’ go together like ‘Toddler’ and ‘Chainsaw’. I will reserve judgment, but I am expecting a level of user friendliness matched only by the simplicity of operating the cockpit of a 747 airplane.
This class leading software will no doubt be backed up by our Governments renowned reliability for the smooth integration of all new systems. I expect to see at least a couple of news items where some poor persons car is crushed even though it is taxed, or some people being issued fines because they didn’t understand the new system, or thought because they didn’t have internet they didn’t have to tax their car.
Good luck with it all people. I sense silliness ahead.