Car Tax Dodging Has Tripled Since Tax Discs Were Scrapped

Thu 21st Feb 2019

Latest data published by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has revealed some shocking statistics related car tax payments.

The DVLA has launched a new campaign to target Vehicle and Excise Duty (VED) evasion after figures showed that across the top eleven most prevalent areas of the country there were 464,542 incidences of untaxed motors.

The government got rid of the paper tax disc in 2014 in a bid to save £10m a year, but with news that unpaid VED has tripled the campaign is warning that unless they tax their vehicles, they will lose it.

The No.1 location for untaxed vehicles is London, with a grand total of 122,155 vehicles which have either been clamped or issued with a fine or penalty. Northern Ireland is second on the list, followed most of the UK’s major urban populations including Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Sheffield.

An official statement from the DVLA said: “A giant clamp at the centre of the campaign image reflects the fact that DVLA take enforcement action against untaxed vehicles on streets across the country and it will happen to you if you don’t tax your vehicle on time.”

Car tax prices are set to rise in April with most drivers likely to see their costs increase by £5, with the prices due to increase in line with inflation.

While the figures suggest that the scrapping of car tax discs have made it more difficult to tax your vehicle, the DVLA’s Head of Enforcement, Tim Burton, suggests otherwise: 'This campaign has a clear message for anyone who flouts the law in this way – tax it or lose it,' he commented.

'We would rather not have to clamp or remove vehicles, but this campaign highlights the consequences of not taxing a vehicle.

'Having your vehicle clamped is expensive and inconvenient – and you could end up losing your car.'