Government need to tackle untaxed foreign cars
According to RAC?s research, thousands of untaxed foreign cars are being driven on UK roads, with the government missing out on millions in revenue.
60,000 of non-UK vehicles are registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) each year, but 15,000 are still not recorded.
This means that about 3 million is not being collected each year in vehicle excise duty, the RAC has reported.
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has said that non-UK cars need to be registered with the DVLA if they have been in the UK for 6 months and pay a STG55 registration fee, ensure they have paid VED, and get an MOT if their vehicle is over three years old.
The RAC said: “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 provider has claimed that the DVLA, UK Border Force and the police are researching ways how to use data to crack down on foreign vehicles that are being illegally used in the UK.
RAC’s head of external affairs, Pete Williams said: “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 argue the government to make finding an effective solution a high priority.”