Tax discs are vrooming work of art

Tax disc art project launched
Tax disc art project launched

After 93 years of adorning windscreens up and down the UK, a local art group is calling on people to donate their humble tax discs to a project marking the end of an era in motoring history.

Since October 1 the DVLA began a new system where drivers no longer have to display a physical tax disc. Instead police and other authorities check a car’s tax through an online database.

Now arts organisation Wisbech Art Space is hoping to get motorists revved up with a new use for the discs.

Lorena Hodgson, of arts 0rganisation Red Barn Creative – who set up Wisbech Art Space with Kevin Smith, manager of the Horsefair Shopping Centre, a year ago – hopes as many people as possible will get involved.

She said: “In my own creative practice, I’m keen to use recycled, or charity shop bought materials.

“So, when I found out everyone should be throwing away their tax discs, I thought it would be better to put them to a new, decorative use.

“I came up with the idea of collecting as many as I can to create something to mark the end of an era for British motoring history.

“I’m not sure what I’ll create with them yet as that will depend on how many are donated.”

Anyone wanting to get involved with the project can donate their tax discs at Etcetera in York Row, Wisbech, where a special collection box has been set up at the back of the shop, near the Post Office.

Ray Wicks, postmaster and owner of Etcetera, said he was delighted to be involved with Wisbech Art Space.

“It’s a fantastic idea for a creative project and also a great way to publicise an important change to a car tax system which the Post Office is of course part of.”

Lorena is also inviting people to come forward with their own ideas of what to do with the tax discs.

If you have an idea, you can get in touch with Lorena via