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Highest vehicle tax evasion areas revealed in DVLA clampdown

The DVLA is running a new vehicle tax campaign targeting areas of the country where evasion is highest.

The campaign – focused on the ‘tax it or lose it’ message – is being run in 11 areas, based on 2018 data on enforcement actions:

Area Clamped Fines or Penalties Totals
London 27,605 94,550 122,155
Northern Ireland 5,516 67,944 73,460
Birmingham 5,076 50,045 55,121
Manchester 7,573 26,214 33,787
Glasgow 2,666 29,705 32,371
Sheffield 3,987 25,291 29,278
Cardiff 3,021 24,598 27,619
Nottingham 3,507 21,346 24,853
Bristol 3,496 20,412 23,908
Leicester 3,344 19,196 22,540
Coventry 1,257 18,193 19,450

The advertising campaign focuses on the consequences of not taxing vehicles – from financial penalties to court action to clamping and finally the loss of a car.

DVLA head of enforcement Tim Burton said: “It’s never been easier to tax your car, so there really is no excuse. We would rather not have to clamp or remove vehicles, but this campaign highlights the consequences of not taxing a vehicle. Having your vehicle clamped is expensive and inconvenient – and you could end up losing your car.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.