Sunday, 3 August 2014

RAC calls on government to tackle untaxed foreign vehicles . . .


RAC calls on government to tackle untaxed foreign vehicles

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Around £3 million is thought to be lost in unpaid tax of foreign vehicles

The RAC has called on the government to curb the number of untaxed foreign vehicles in the UK, claiming the loss in tax goes into the millions. 

Around 60,000 foreign vehicles are registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) each year.

But the RAC estimated a further 15,000 others were not, which is the equivalent of £3 million in in uncollected tax.

Pete Williams, head of external affairs at the RAC, told the BBC that the situation was "beyond belief".

"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," he 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 urge the government to make finding an effective solution a high priority."

A spokesman for the Department for Transport said the government will shortly announce "firm plans" to combat the problem.

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