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After 93 years in service the car tax disc is to be retired

After 93 years in service the car tax disc is to be retired

The tax disc to show vehicle owners have paid their vehicle excise duty (VED) is soon to be replaced with an electronic system. This was announced by George Osborne in his Autumn Statement – on the 5th of December 2013. Introduced in 1921, the disc is no longer needed according to officials, with the DVLA and police now depending on an electronic register.

The new system will allow motorists to pay road tax by monthly direct debit. According to the Treasury the government was moving "into the modern age" and it would also make "dealing with government more hassle free". Currently, car owners can choose whether they pay VED in twelve or six month instalments. The six monthly option costs 10% more annually, but this is expected to be reduced to 5%. The new option of paying by monthly direct debit is also expected to cost 5% more than paying for twelve months up front.

Anticipated to reduce administration costs and road tax evasion – or accidental non-payment – the new system will arguably add a little present-day convenience for motorists. In this digital age, having to go to collect (or wait to receive by post) a flimsy paper disc which proves duty is paid, to then attach it to a car bristling with modern technology, will seem antiquated to some. Then there is the ritual of fiddling around removing the excess paper beyond the serrations (without tearing the good bit) and slipping it into a feeble tax disc holder, often located at the least accessible corner of the windscreen. And for those with even mild cases of OCD – getting the wretched thing to sit straight!

However, concerns have been raised about possible problems with the new system. How would a driver know at a glance that a hire car or company pool car was taxed? How would anyone easily identify an abandoned car? Will it be simple for a prospective second-hand car buyer to determine how many months (or days!) before the VED paid would expire? Will this new system give further excuse to ramp up already extensive deployment of road surveillance cameras in the UK?

In any case, the new system is expected to come into effect in October this year. Good idea or flawed concept?

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NGK plugs its presence in F1 Championship

NGK plugs its presence in F1 Championship

NGK Spark Plugs UK Ltd will again be at the centre of the race for the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship.

The company is supplying its racing spark plugs to several teams who will fight for the championship over the course of the season which starts in Melbourne Australia on Sunday the 16th of March...

NGK has been involved in Formula 1 since 1964 and its racing spark plugs are used by teams that include McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes.
The McLaren and Mercedes teams will feature British former world champion drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton respectively while Ferrari has another two previous world champions - Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.
All the teams will be looking to take the titles from current world champion Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull team in what will hopefully be a gripping season as they compete for the first time in the new 1.6 V6 turbo powered cars.

The Ferrari F14T is one of several F1 cars using NGK spark plugs this season

Tim Ward, Deputy General Manager for Sales & Marketing of  NGK UK, said, “We are delighted to once again be involved with F1 which is such a popular sport with many of our customers.“They like us are looking forward to what should be a fantastic new season as the teams challenge for the drivers’ and constructors’ championships. They will be able to follow the championship race-by-race via the NGK website so they can keep up to speed with every dramatic twist and turn.”

NGK are the spark plug supplier of choice to Pentland Components. Need some new plugs for your car? Please ask us


Putting criminals on the spot

Putting criminals on the spot

PrioSpot® is state-of-the-art anti-fraud technology that is, say Ferodo brand owners Federal-Mogul, the most secure system available. And it’s what protects the Ferodo Premier brake parts from the criminal counterfeiters.
Ferodo say that’s why they use the very latest, most effective anti-counterfeit technology – so users can be sure the parts they buy are genuine.  To check the authenticity of Ferodo Premier parts is as easy as 1 2 3.

1. Make sure the packaging is closed and the label is intact
2. Verify the unique alphanumeric code and data matrix code, either on Ferodo's website, with a 2D scanner or using any of Ferodo's free to download apps on your Smartphone
3. Verify the unique security code on the PrioSpot® label.  
Find out more about PrioSpot® at
If customers have any doubt about the authenticity of a part, Ferodo say they should contact Ferodo or speak to the local authorised distributor - Pentland Components.


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