Car tax evasion is highest in these areas as DVLA warns motorists risk getting clamped

Car tax evasion is highest in these areas as DVLA warns motorists risk getting clamped

Car tax charges are based on pollution rates so costs will vary depending on the type of vehicle you have and how much carbon emission it produces. Failing to pay car tax charges can lead to serious consequences with the DVLA set to issue charges and fines to those not complying. 

New data from independent number plate sellers, National Numbers, has revealed Belfast is the highest offending area for failing to pay car tax. 

A total of 78,501 cars have failed to pay VED tax rates in the third most congested city in the UK. 

Birmingham has been revealed as the second highest offender with 61,531 refusing to pay the correct rates. 

Data from the firm revealed there is one car in the city for every 1.7 people which has led to higher offending rates than most areas. 

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Nottingham recorded 26,134 car tax evaders in an area with almost 300,000 people while East London and Edinburgh completed the chart. 

Back in February the DVLA revealed they were claiming down on car tax enforcement in the top 20 offending regions. 

The ten cities named above are all included in the list alongside other major regions including North London, Bristol and Newcastle. 

The DVLA also confirmed they would be visiting the cities of Coventry, Peterbroogh, Leicester and Swansea as part of their clampdown. 

If the release fee is not paid within 24 hours the DVLA will impound the car and increase the charge to £200. 

Motorists will also need to pay charges to remove tehri car from the pound and an extra charge if the car is still not taxed on its collection. 

In extreme circumstances motorists could be issued fines as high as £1,000 if the case is taken to court. 

DVLA Chief Executive Julie Lennard has previously warned motorists there was “no excuse” for not paying their car tax charges with motorists set to face “consequences” for failing.

She 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.”

Published at Fri, 12 Jun 2020 09:04:00 +0000