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It wasn't until 1 January 1921 that it became compulsory to display a tax disc on the vehicle. Initially, they were issued quarterly or annually. Colour printing was introduced in 1923. Advertising on the reverse of the disc was allowed from 1924. Which was abolished in 1926.
In 1961 major changes occurred, with a redesign of the printed pattern – for better security – and a new system of monthly issues, rather than the standard December expiry of the past. From then on, the expiry month was displayed. From 2001, watermarking and embossing were added to prevent fraud. And then finally the paper tax disc finished in 2015.
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