Unless you’ve been living on a desert island for last six months, you will know that the tax disc dies on Wednesday 1 October.

Except that even if you live in this rolling 24-hour news world and are wireless connected to just about every device and have satellite television, you may still not know this. That’s because the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has made something of a hash of keeping 30 million motorists up to speed on their administrative changes.

Obviously I’ve been doing my bit to spread the word about the changes, but it is a thankless task. Indeed I received a terse and very bizarre email from the DVLA asking who had written a story about tax disc death with my name at the end of it. That’s how clever they are.