Results from a recent poll have revealed that a staggering 30 per cent of motorists do not know when their vehicle excise duty (VED) is due. If this number is a true reflection across the UK, that means out of the 45.5 million people who hold driving licences in Britain, over 13.5 million could forget to pay their vehicle tax on time.
Since the abolition of the tax disc, website, Motoring.co.uk, has been researching and recording its findings and, according to the data freely available, taxing was supposed to become easier thanks to a new digital system set up by the DVLA. However, it seems from these figures that more and more UK motorists could be driving without valid road tax. The research found that, on average, ‘car tax’ costs £170 per vehicle – with this in mind that means the DVLA is losing out on around £170m per year.
A spokesman from the DVLA has refuted the claims that its new digital system is failing and said: “The vast majority of people tax their cars on time, with over 42 and a half million drivers taxing their vehicles since 1 October 2014.
“Of these, more than 29 million have chosen to tax their vehicles online or by phone. We also still send reminders to motorists when their vehicles are due to be taxed. We send V11 reminders to all motorists except those who have chosen to pay by Direct Debit – they would receive a Direct Debit reminder.”
Motorists driving without valid tax could be fined up to £1,000 and face having their vehicle impounded. Terry Hogan of Motoring.co.uk said: “This latest poll reveals that the lack of a physical tax disc is a major factor in motorists forgetting to tax their vehicles, meaning large numbers of motorists are failing to renew their car tax, driving illegally and liable to fines.”