Nearly two percent of UK vehicles are dodging road tax, survey shows

Latest DVLA figures suggest a small rise in unlicensed vehicle use, amounting to £119m in potential lost revenue

Most current DVLA roadside survey information suggests that 1.9 per cent of automobiles in the UK are being used unlicensed when driving, which amounts to 719,000 vehicles averting road tax.

The figure contrasts to 634,000 unlicensed automobiles (omitting motorbikes) approximated in 2019, however the DVLA warns its survey sampling mistake means the year-to-year change is not statistically substantial.

In overall, the prospective tax income shed to the treasury is ₤ 119 million, nonetheless it’s not possible to evaluate the actual loss. “Several of this will have been recovered through DVLA enforcement task or via vehicle keepers paying debts of VED to cover the untaxed period,” the DVLA stated, adding “automobiles are often unlicensed for a reasonably brief duration and frequently related to the adjustment of keepership of automobiles. This implies that income will inevitably be recovered when tips and also enforcement activities occur.”

A lot of the untaxed vehicles were PLG (Private, Light Product) vehicles, which represent ₤ 114 countless the missing earnings. Goods cars represented ₤ 1.4 million, Buses ₤ 0.3 million as well as other tax courses ₤ 0.7 million.

The malfunction of survey results likewise exposes that 55 percent of offenders had actually been unlicensed for two months or less, 38 percent were 10 or even more years of ages, and also 9 percent were less than two years of ages.

Reacting to the current figures, RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes stated: “It’s widely concerning that we’re seeing ever before greater numbers of unlicensed automobiles on the roads with the total number currently standing at almost three-quarters of a million. While we want to think the abolition of the paper tax disc back in 2014 isn’t liable, the fact remains evasion has enhanced considerably since then to the point where a stunning 2 in every 100 vehicles on the road aren’t exhausted.

” The price from VED evasion in 2021 alone is set to be a monstrous ₤ 119m, a substantial amount that needs to be spent on boosting our roadway network. We prompt the DVLA to step up enforcement and to do all it can to bring evasion down, as it is plainly not fair on those who do pay their fair share to drive when traveling.”

Jack Cousens, head of roadways plan for the AA, said: “Today’s main numbers show that the regulation is still on the hunt for automobile tax obligation evaders. Nevertheless, the increase in non-payment of Vehicle Import tax Responsibility is not as bad as could have been afraid, provided the numerous countless cars given a Statutory Off Roadway Alert (SORN) status throughout the lockdowns. Some of those lorries will have been returned when traveling with the proprietors either wrongly or purposely failing to remember to inform the DVLA.

” High inflation, especially with pump prices that refuse to drop regardless of big falls in the wholesale expense, always pressures many low-income vehicle drivers to run the gauntlet and also not pay their tax. It is foolish for them to chance their arms due to the fact that the penalties are serious, even possibly having the automobile crushed.”

Julie Lennard, DVLA President stated: “We work hard to drive down car tax obligation evasion as well as the substantial majority of drivers are doing the ideal thing with over 98% of lorries when driving taxed appropriately. “Approximated evasion prices rise and fall and the pandemic is very likely to have actually affected some vehicle drivers’ practices. Those that choose to escape will certainly be taken on using our tested plan of detailed enforcement procedures.

electronic cameras, wheelclamping and the removal of untaxed vehicles.

” You can strain your lorry utilizing our quick as well as very easy on-line solutions– offered 24/7– and also the costs of automobile tax obligation can be spread throughout the year by deciding to pay in instalments by direct debit, which is a prominent option with virtually 15 million lorries taxed this way in 2020.”