Car tax evasion triples in digital age
Online registering cost UK government 107m
by Abi Moses on 18th November, 2017
Back in 2014, the UK government passed the idea of scrapping the physical tax disc, wanting to save their environment along the way. While a good idea to take the whole process online, the decision has proven rather risky; and expensive.
In a recent research project, it was revealed that the government lost a huge £107m from 755,000 unlicensed vehicles last year, with many motorists using this change to their advantage.
With the measure meant to have saved the Treasury £10m a year, the RAC said; it has proved 'costly'.
Figures from the Department for Transport detailed that 1.8% of vehicles were unlicensed in 2017 compared with 0.6% in 2013; a huge increase that needs to be addressed.
"The principle of abolishing the tax disc to introduce greater efficiencies has, so far, evidently failed," said RAC public affairs manager Nicholas Lyes.
"It appears that having a visual reminder was an effective way to prompt drivers into renewing their car tax - arguably more drivers are now prepared to try their luck and see if they can get away with not paying any vehicle tax at all, or are simply forgetting to tax their vehicle when they are due to."
Introduced in 1921, George Osborne said that we needed to move into the 'modern age', believing we could rely on the and the online register service.
Though an ideal situation, it appears that the transition has not been so smooth, with the last few years showing a huge amount of confusion, mistakes and lack of care for the rules.
Statistics have shown that he highest levels of evasion were in the West Midlands (2.1% ) and the North West of England (2%). The East of England on the other hand had the lowest rate at 0.8%, with all other areas ranging between 1.6% and 1.8%.
Let us know what you think on the subject, what is the answer to modern road tax?