Tax-dodging drivers in 20 areas around the UK are being targeted by the DVLA’s latest campaign. Tax it or lose it is the message from the DVLA to drivers who aren’t taxing their vehicles.
In 2019, the DVLA took enforcement action against 590,000 untaxed vehicle owners. This year’s campaign focuses on the 20 regions with the highest tax evasion figures (in order of number of total enforcement actions taken):
Tax evasion can land drivers with:
Hiding an untaxed vehicle in a garage won’t help owners avoid penalties as the DVLA doesn’t need to be able to see it to act. However vehicles spotted without tax or incorrectly declared SORN are at risk of being clamped or impounded.
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.”
The DVLA also shared some particularly creative excuses given for not taxing vehicles:
None of these worked, so make sure you don’t get caught out. If you need more information on taxing your vehicle, read our guide: Car tax explained.