Foreign car tax crackdown urged

Congleton Guardian: Untaxed foreign cars could be costing the public purse £3 million per year, figures show Untaxed foreign cars could be costing the public purse £3 million per year, figures show

The Government must crack down on untaxed foreign cars on British roads, the RAC has said.

Around 60,000 non-UK vehicles are registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) every year but an estimated 15,000 are not registered, the RAC said.

It means that around £3 million in vehicle excise duty (VED) is not being collected each year, the RAC added.

The RAC said that under current regulations visiting non-UK cars must be registered with the DVLA once they have been in the UK for six months when they must pay a £55 first registration fee, ensure they have paid VED, obtain an MOT if the vehicle is over three years old and in some instances pay VAT.

The RAC added: "However, despite the fact the UK Border Force gathers details of every non-UK vehicle entering and leaving the country this information is not currently used by the DVLA for licensing purposes, which means the Government is missing out on valuable tax revenue.

"And, as the DVLA has no idea whether non-UK-registered vehicles have stayed in the country longer than six months, many over three years may well not have a valid MOT and therefore will be contravening insurance rules, thereby compromising the safety of all road users.

"The lack of a record also means that EU-registered and other foreign vehicles are more likely to evade fines generated by the UK's army of speed cameras - a further source of revenue that could be ploughed back into the country's roads."

RAC head of external affairs Pete Williams said: "Given the prevalence of technology such as automatic number plate recognition, it is beyond belief that in the 21st century two important Government agencies - namely the UK Border Force and DVLA - are not already sharing information in a system that allows us to keep track of the comings and goings of non-UK vehicles.

"We understand that DVLA, the UK Border Force and the police are looking at how data can be used to identify foreign-registered vehicles that have been in the UK for longer than six months, so we urge the Government to make finding an effective solution a high priority."

A Department for Transport spokesman said: "We are aware of the issue of foreign vehicles failing to register with the DVLA if they have been in the UK for longer than six months.

"Discussions are currently ongoing across government to identify ways of improving the flow of information between agencies in order to tackle this problem and we hope to announce firm plans shortly."

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8:45pm Sat 12 Jul 14

myopinioncounts says...

Seeing an official ticketing a UK registered car for having no disc I asked him about the number of foreign registered vehicles in the same road that I knew to have been there for many months. It was obvious he was not interested in them. Much easier to track down the owners of UK cars!
Seeing an official ticketing a UK registered car for having no disc I asked him about the number of foreign registered vehicles in the same road that I knew to have been there for many months. It was obvious he was not interested in them. Much easier to track down the owners of UK cars! myopinioncounts
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12:00am Mon 1 Sep 14

richtrash says...

Forget the loss of road tax revenue and concentrate on the safety aspect, for years we have been improving the standard of vehicle safety yet we allow these foreign cars to drive around for years with total impunity. There was a Polish registered car at the end of my road that had been here for over 4 years so I reported it to the Police to no avail and I was informed that it was DVLA's responsibility so I reported it to them again to no avail so I wrote to my MP Tony Baldry who completely agreed that it was unacceptable and that he would take the case up with the Dept for Transport Minister which he did and I got a letter back saying something would be done. I waited patiently for another year then wrote again to Tony Baldry who again took it up with the Minister again and still nothing happened then after 8 years the car suddenly disappeared, I have no idea if this was enforced or voluntary on behalf of the owner but the car was over 12 years old at the end and for the last 8 had not been anywhere near an MOT station.
Notwithstanding the road fund evasion that is a long time to be committing criminal offences all with the knowledge of the Police/DVLA and the Dept for Transport so they are not as committed to road safety that they would have us believe.
There are still lots of foreign registered cars driving around Bicester and the surrounding area, one in particular is a white Peugeot 205 that parks in the Leisure Centre car park everyday while they go off to work in the town and the car has tinted window film on both the drivers and passengers windows which is an offence in the country yet I can almost guarantee that it will still be there in 6 months time.
No one is interested in a few foreign cars driving around when there are easier targets that can be enforced with the use of cameras and computers which doesn't cost as much as a Police Officer who will be tied up for hours trying to investigate one of these cars.
The ANPR in Sainsbury's car park does capture the vehicle reg number so it's logical to assume that the VOSA/DVLA systems can also so it wouldn't be hard to eliminate this problem from our roads with a little time and money.
Forget the loss of road tax revenue and concentrate on the safety aspect, for years we have been improving the standard of vehicle safety yet we allow these foreign cars to drive around for years with total impunity. There was a Polish registered car at the end of my road that had been here for over 4 years so I reported it to the Police to no avail and I was informed that it was DVLA's responsibility so I reported it to them again to no avail so I wrote to my MP Tony Baldry who completely agreed that it was unacceptable and that he would take the case up with the Dept for Transport Minister which he did and I got a letter back saying something would be done. I waited patiently for another year then wrote again to Tony Baldry who again took it up with the Minister again and still nothing happened then after 8 years the car suddenly disappeared, I have no idea if this was enforced or voluntary on behalf of the owner but the car was over 12 years old at the end and for the last 8 had not been anywhere near an MOT station. Notwithstanding the road fund evasion that is a long time to be committing criminal offences all with the knowledge of the Police/DVLA and the Dept for Transport so they are not as committed to road safety that they would have us believe. There are still lots of foreign registered cars driving around Bicester and the surrounding area, one in particular is a white Peugeot 205 that parks in the Leisure Centre car park everyday while they go off to work in the town and the car has tinted window film on both the drivers and passengers windows which is an offence in the country yet I can almost guarantee that it will still be there in 6 months time. No one is interested in a few foreign cars driving around when there are easier targets that can be enforced with the use of cameras and computers which doesn't cost as much as a Police Officer who will be tied up for hours trying to investigate one of these cars. The ANPR in Sainsbury's car park does capture the vehicle reg number so it's logical to assume that the VOSA/DVLA systems can also so it wouldn't be hard to eliminate this problem from our roads with a little time and money. richtrash
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