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Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 204426, tabled on 20 December 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of drivers that have received fines for not renewing their road tax since the removal of the physical tax disc.

Answered on

7 January 2019

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) operates a comprehensive package of measures to tackle vehicle excise duty evasion. These range from reminder letters, penalties and court prosecutions through to the use of automatic number plate recognition cameras, wheel clamping and the removal of unlicensed vehicles.

The last Roadside Survey in June 2017 showed that more than 98% of vehicles were properly licensed. This demonstrates that the vast majority of motorists comply with their legal obligations.

Since the tax disc was abolished in October 2014, the DVLA has issued 4.4 million penalties to registered keepers of unlicensed vehicles.

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