'More than a million drivers a year are exploiting a loophole in the enforcement of vehicle licensing law that allows them to pay less road tax, The Times has learnt. The DVLA has been aware of the loophole for at least four years but has failed to close it, costing the taxpayer tens of millions of pounds in lost revenue. This comes on top of estimates that up to four out of ten motorcyclists are evading road tax.
Vehicle excise duty (VED) evasion cost the taxpayer £214 million in 2006. This sum includes evasion by drivers who never register their vehicles and therefore cannot be sent automatic fines.
Public Accounts Committeee: The DVLA’s performance in tackling persistent evaders was “poor” '
Source: TheTimes 22 January 2008
Tax take is 100% .
- DVLA is no longer needed – cost saving,.
- Revenue opportunity from insurance for taxpayers.
- All third parties covered. NHS has single point of contact and speedy recovery of costs to public from road traffic accidents.
'The DVLA has only 66 enforcement officers for the whole country' The Times 22 January 2008
Non-UK vehicles contribute to UK for road usage – thee enforcers are more effectively used in ensuring this smaller group is abiding by new structure.