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Car tax evasion rates are ‘staggering’ as AA calls out ‘lawless drivers’

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Car tax evasion rates are 'staggering' as AA calls out 'lawless drivers'

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The car tax evasion rates released by the DVLA revealed that Belfast was the UK's most violating region. DVLA teams carried out more than 78,500 enforcement actions against road users in 2019. Birmingham was the next region with the highest infraction, with 61,531 actions taken last year.

While many tax evaders are likely to be lawless drivers, the AA president said some may be law-abiding road users who simply forgot to check their details.

The recovery group claimed that some may simply have forgotten to update their details, which means that they did not receive a reminder to re-tax their car.

Edmund King said: “60,000 or more tax evaders in a city are impressive. Many of them will be lawless drivers who do not have insurance or a Ministry of Economy.

"However, many will be the lazy and lazy ones who would normally be law-abiding road users, but did not tell the DVLA that they had moved.

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The data showed that 1.6% of road users across the UK did not pay their updated taxes, which is equivalent to 634,000 cars.

The numbers fell at the 1.9% tax evasion rate seen in 2017, but it was higher than the evasion rates prior to 2014.

Only 0.6% of vehicles did not pay their road tax in 2013, which would have been estimated at 210,000 users.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “While it is good news that tax evasion has fallen, it is still significantly higher than it was before the tax disc was abolished in October 2014.

The government is believed to have lost about £ 300 million in estimated revenue since the tax disc was abolished.

Department of Transportation data revealed that £ 94 million was lost in estimated revenue last year only through tax evasion.

How to avoid tax evasion

Drivers can avoid being caught for tax evasion by ensuring that they have valid car insurance and tax policies.

Most car insurance and road tax policies can be set up for automatic renewal to relieve pressure from drivers.

Road users can check the details of when the car tax is due through the GOV.UK road tax verification tool on the site.

Owners need only enter the registration plate details to find information about when the car tax is due for renewal.

Changing an address with the DVLA is vital, as road users will also need to update their driver's license and logbook.

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