The End of the Line for Youngster's Disc Archive?
Eleven-year-old Jude Currie is not happy about the forthcoming changes to the road fund licence system, which will see the abolition of the traditional tax disc. Unlike many of his peers, Jude is not so much into football or science-fiction. Instead, he collects car tax discs and has over 12,000 of them.
The collection spans an enormous period from 1926 to the present and includes, along with the UK examples, discs from Australia, South Africa and Ireland. He estimates that they may be worth something like £10,000.
Jude considers that the whole system should be based on mileage driven each year but is particularly upset by Chancellor George Osborne's plans to abandon the traditional windscreen-displayed paper receipt.
Many will not be sorry to see the end to the yearly or half-yearly routines of tearing round that circular perforation, but Jude's collection will be curtailed. One can only hope that this may lead to an increase in the value of the current archive.