A tax, then retreats

I am due to take my old car to a dealer in the next few weeks (under the government scrappage scheme) and until seeing a letter from a reader had assumed the unused tax disc amount could be claimed by me. From your reply to the reader it looks like I am not allowed to reclaim anything. (I thought perhaps that the transaction could be viewed as a transferral). I know that the dealer will no doubt tell me the correct procedure but in the meantime would appreciate your reply (there doesn't seem to anything about this on any of the websites I have looked at).

Asked on 14 November 2009 by

Answered by Honest John
Sorry, that e-mail was from the early days of scrappage when there was no rule book and a lot of confusion, because the rule over VED since January 2009 has been that you could not reclaim it unless you were the owner of the vehicle. Since then the rule has been revised so that the “last registered keeper” of the car before it was scrapped can reclaim the VED. Lord Mandleson's BIS department has also had the good sense to issue a full set of rules for the scrappage scheme. They're at: www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/item.htm?id=6065 You can get your tax back.
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