DVLA campaign highlights consequences of vehicle tax evasion


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The DVLA’s new advertising campaign targets drivers in 11 areas around the UK who haven’t taxed their vehicles


Tax it or lose it – that’s the message from the DVLA to drivers who aren’t taxing their vehicles. In a new advertising campaign, the DVLA is highlighting the consequences of tax evasion, which include:

1. Fines
2. Court action
3. Clamping
4. Losing the car

The DVLA is targeting areas where vehicle tax evasion is highest:

Area Clamped Fines or penalties Totals
London 27,605 94,550 122,155
Northern Ireland 5,516 67,944 73,460
Birmingham 5,076 50,045 55,121
Manchester 7,573 26,214 33,787
Glasgow 2,666 29,705 32,731
Sheffield 3,987 25,291 29,278
Cardiff 3,021 24,598 27,619
Nottingham 3,507 21,346 24,853
Bristol 3,496 20,412 23,908
Leicester 3,344 19,196 22,540
Coventry 1,257 18,193 19,450

DVLA Head of Enforcement Tim Burton said: “This campaign has a clear message for anyone who flouts the law in this way – tax it or lose it.

“It’s never been easier to tax your car, so there really is no excuse. 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.”

Make sure you don’t get caught out – if you need more information on taxing your vehicle, read our guide: Car tax explained.

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