MP WARNS MOTORISTS OVER COPYCAT GOVERNMENT WEBSITE

Motorists are being duped into paying a £40 “service fee” when they renew their car tax disc through a “copycat” government website, an MP has warned.

West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson has written to Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude to highlight the problem after several of his constituents were misled by the website.

Taxdisc-direct.uk.com carries a similar design and name to the government’s car tax disc renewal website, making it easy for motorists to mistakenly think they are using the correct official website, www.taxdisc.direct.gov.uk.

Mr Watson said: “Copycat government websites such as taxdisc-direct.uk.com are misleading, unfair and need to be shut down. There is no legitimate reason for this website to charge motorists a premium service charge.”

The DVLA makes no charge, beyond the cost of the tax disc itself, when you renew through its official website www.taxdisc.direct.gov.uk, by telephone or at the Post Office.

Mr Watson added: “As the Internet continues to grow in popularity, it’s important that there is a clamp down on these types of rogue websites.

“Search engines, such as Google, also have a duty to monitor such websites more efficiently.”

The tax disc to show motorists have paid vehicle excise duty is to be replaced with an electronic system from the autumn after 93 years in existence.

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