The DVLA is sending out a clear message to all new and used car owners, the campaign is ‘tax it or lose it’ for any driver taking a chance on not paying their vehicle tax. Anyone found guilty of not paying their road tax will either be clamped, receive a fine, or lose their vehicle altogether.
The DVLA will start by focusing their full attention on all UK regions where vehicle tax evasion was at its highest during 2019.
Over this period, nationally, the DVLA issued over 500,000 enforcement actions against owners of untaxed vehicles, the regions with some of the highest figures included Belfast (78,501), Birmingham (61,531), Glasgow (34,375), Manchester (34,106) and Sheffield (30,467).
Julie Lennard, Chief Executive of the DVLA said “The number of untaxed vehicles on the road is falling, but we are determined to reduce this even further. We operate a range of measures to make vehicle tax easy to pay and hard to avoid, so there really is no excuse if you fail to tax your vehicle. While the vast majority of motorists do the right thing and tax correctly, this campaign highlights the real consequences that motorists face if they don’t tax their vehicles”.
A giant clamp will be featured in their campaign to outline the action that will be taken against untaxed vehicles found on roads throughout the country.
The DVLA enforcement teams will travel in vehicles equipped with (ANPR) number plate recognition cameras. Any new or used vehicle found on the road whether privately owned, or registered to the motor trade, that isn’t taxed or is wrongly declared SORN, risks being clamped or impounded.
Simon Williams from the RAC said “While the vast majority of motorists abide by the law and tax their vehicles correctly, high-profile enforcement campaigns like this are needed to make sure the consequences of not doing so are fully understood.
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This DVLA campaign gives a very clear warning of the action that will be taken on untaxed vehicles. Having your vehicle clamped is expensive and inconvenient so it’s far simpler to make sure you tax it”.
If you don’t receive the tax reminder letter sent out by the DVLA, which are posted to all registered vehicle owners, you should check online to ensure your vehicle road tax is up to date.
All you need is your vehicle registration number to find out when your tax is due. To do this, you can visit the DVLA online service here: https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax. If you have one, you can also check the date by asking Amazon Alexa or Google Home.
Finally, it’s important to be aware that if the vehicle has no road tax you may not be able to claim against your insurance policy, for more information check your policy documents or speak to your insurer.