Convicted Insurance report on the increasing number of vehicles in the UK that are found to be untaxed

After the government abolished paper tax disks back in October 2014, it has been found that the number of untaxed vehicles on the road has doubled to 560,000.

Department of transport confirms that the increase is probably due to the changes in the rules.

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In the previous survey carried out in 2013 it was found that there were 210,000 untaxed vehicles on the roads.

The RAC are disappointed and worried by the drop in number of taxed vehicles, as they believe there may be a direct correlation between the number of untaxed vehicles and people driving without insurance. Drivers caught without insurance are likely to be prosecuted and fined but not receive a driving conviction on their licence, such drivers will then need to purchase convicted driver insurance policies in order to drive on the roads legally.

The number of untaxed vehicles standing at 560,000 represents 1.4% of vehicles this is up from 0.6% in 2013.

After the paper tax disc system was abolished last year, the authorities are using a network of CCTV with ANPR that are linked to a database to check which vehicles are being driven on the roads illegally

Nearly 99% of the total number of vehicles on the road are taxed correctly, this equates to £6 billion in vehicle tax revenue paid to the Treasury annually.

Drivers are reminded to tax their vehicles every year by post when their tax is due for renewal and a range of new services have been introduced to make it easier to pay vehicle tax, at the same time action has been taken to punish those that are determined to drive untaxed vehicles on the road.

The loss in revenue to the treasury has increased from £35 million in 2013 to £80 million now which is far in excess of the treasuries estimated saving of £10 million. It will be interesting to see whether next year the number of untaxed vehicles on the road will stay the same increase or go down, and whether the latest findings are just a blip as the transition from the old system to the new system takes place.