The humble paper tax disc, displayed on car windscreens for nearly 100 years, is being consigned to the history books, Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Autumn Statement today. Vehicle excise duty was introduced in 1889, and motorists have had to display the three-inch paper disc in the vehicles since 1921 in order to prove it was taxed. In the Autumn Statement, however, the Chancellor has announced an end to paper tax discs. [caption id="attachment_6545" align="aligncenter" width="504"] Tax discs from 1952-1955, courtesy of Flickr user Jerry “Woody”[/caption] Instead, motorists will just register their cars online, or at the Post Office or over the phone if they’re not online. Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras will then identify those not taxed by checking registration numbers against a central electronic register. The move, planned to come into effect from next October, will save business £7million a year in administrative costs, according to the Treasury. A spokesperson said: “This is a visual symbol of how we are moving government into the modern age and making dealing with government more hassle free.” Under the new system, drivers will also be able to pay their car tax in monthly instalments via direct debit, rather than paying for a year or six months’ tax upfront. Paying for only six months at a time is roughly 10% more expensive than paying for the full year, but this is expected to be cut to 5%. Paying each month by direct debit is also expected to cost 5% more than paying for a year’s tax upfront.