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DVLA Starts Patrolling Specific Locations To Trace Untaxed Cars

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The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has started a patrolling campaign to find tax-evading motorists in the UK. The agency is employing specialist enforcement teams that are patrolling different UK locations (20 to be précised) to clamp untaxed cars.

These 20 regions are targeted based on the last year’s data the authorities received. The DLVA said they found about 600,000 untaxed vehicles in 2019 around these areas.


DVLA Targeting  The Biggest Car Tax – Evading Locations

At the top of the biggest car tax-evading locations list in Belfast with 78,501 enforcement actions taken against the motor tax evaders last year. Other important areas, the DVLA will be prowling, are Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester and Sheffield. The full list of 20 UK locations is given below along with the enforcement actions taken in these areas in 2019:

1. Belfast – 78,501
2. Birmingham – 61,531
3. Glasgow – 34,375
4. Manchester – 34,106
5. Sheffield – 30,467
6. South London – 29,336
7. Cardiff – 28,857
8. Nottingham – 26,134
9. East London – 26,005
10. Edinburgh – 24,779
11. North London – 24,766
12. Bristol – 24,747
13. Coventry – 23,739
14. Peterborough – 23,271
15. Leicester – 23,174
16. Newcastle – 22,996
17. Northampton – 18,729
18. Romford – 18,325
19. Swansea – 18,237
20. Doncaster – 17,885

Source: DVLA

These are the specific regions the DVLA has started patrolling. The untaxed car owners will first face penalties and later on, their vehicles will be clamped. Once DVLA locks an untaxed car, they put a penalty of £100 for its release. At the time of release, the owner must show evidence of tax submission, otherwise, they have to pay another £160 surety fee, which is refundable upon showing tax receipt. The car owner must pay the release fee within 24 hours to avoid vehicle confiscation.

The DVLA car check for tax evaders is done through its own VED database. The DVLA patrolling teams vehicles also feature the tech that can detect a vehicle’s number plate and fetch a record of its tax.

Julie Lennard, Chief executive at the DVLA, stated: ‘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.’

How to Check Your Tax Using Car Tax Check Status

Want to know about your car’s tax, you can simply search the DVLA website or get a car tax check from a reputable agency. The latter option is more suitable if you also want to know other details about the vehicle such as mileage verification, number of previous owners, and so on.