Do You Pay Road Tax

We motorists pay ‘Road Tax’ on our vehicles and most believe the money goes to road improvement and building new roads. If you believe that, you are wrong, for ‘Road Tax’ was abolished in 1937 and replaced by ‘Vehicle Excise Duty’. This is a tax on motor vehicles, not roads; it does not pass Go but goes straight into the general Treasury fund.
So that widely held believe that you are paying a tax to use the roads is just not true. If you think the Duty collected goes to building new roads and maintaining the existing, you would be wrong again, but perhaps with the dreadful state of our roads, some of the worst in Europe, you already knew that. You are paying to keep and or use a vehicle, just that and nothing more. Indeed you need to tax your vehicle even if you don’t use it and it is stored in your garage, unless you register a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) with the DVLA. Amazingly, you can do that for free.