DVLA has launched a new advertising campaign in 11 areas around the country clamping drivers who haven’t taxed their vehicles

New DVLA stats released earlier in the week show that over 460,000 vehicles in 11 cities nationwide are clamped or fined yearly for failing to tax their cars.

Back in 2014, the DVLA removed paper tax discs, saying that an online database was a more cost-effective way forward, saving the Treasury around £10 million a year. The lost revenue from the higher number of people not taxing their cars is predicted to be over £100 million, which is going to be a quarter of a million a year lost on average. Since 2014, experts estimate the number of people not taxing their vehicles has increased by 28%.
See report in November 2017.

Care with VED exempt classic cars
Even if your MGV8 is road tax exempt you are still required to renew your road tax annually at the "NIL value" VED rate. Each renewal is added to the GOV.UK vehicle database which the APNR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology used by the DVLA clamping team and police use to check the current road tax status of cars on public roads.

Motorists can go online, 24 hours a day, to tax a vehicle or check whether their vehicle tax is up to date. You can even check by asking Amazon Alexa or Google Home – all you need is your vehicle registration. Check if a vehicle is taxed now. Check

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The DVLA advertising campaign focuses on the consequences of not taxing your vehicle – from financial penalties to court action to clamping and finally the loss of a car. DVLA take enforcement action against untaxed vehicles on streets across the country and it will happen to you if you don’t tax your vehicle on time. The 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".

The chart above shows the 11 areas of the UK that have been targeted where vehicle tax evasion is highest (based on the number of enforcement actions that took place in 2018). You can see the chart and the DVLA announcement on the GOV.UK website.

What evidence can I have in the car of the current road tax status of a UK registered vehicle?
We suggest two sources of evidence - a copy of the report from a DVLA Vehicle Enquiry made online and one of our Tax Paid Discs showing the current road tax status and above it the expiry date in the traditional large font as a useful reminder of when renewal is due. More