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Finance Act 2014

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10.These provisions enable the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to collect VED via direct debit monthly should motorists wish to pay by direct debit. Currently VED can be paid by cash, cheque and credit or debit cards but none of these payment methods allow the cost of VED to be spread.

11.Motorists will be able to pay VED via direct debit in an annual, one-off payment or 12 equal monthly payments.  A six month vehicle licence can also be paid for by direct debit. Paying for VED by direct debit does not alter the fact that a new licence may only be taken out provided the customer has a valid MOT in place.

12.At present, paying for a six-month vehicle licence costs 55 per cent of the applicable annual rate for that vehicle. This will reduce to 52.5 per cent if the payment is made by direct debit. Where a 12-month licence is paid by monthly instalments, the cost of the vehicle licence will be 105 per cent of the applicable annual rate for that vehicle.

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