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DVLA warns of simple driving mistake that could lead to hefty fine


Nov 28, 2023

Drivers could be slapped with a hefty fine for one simple mistake on the roads.

The DVLA is reminding people that failing to ensure their car tax is paid is an offence. Failure to do so could see you slapped with a fine of up to £1,000.

Following the tax increase earlier this year, around 15,000 extra drivers were issued fines than in the previous six months, according to research by Wagonex.

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The DVLA states: "You must tax your vehicle even if you do not have to pay anything, for example if you’re exempt because you’re disabled. You’ll need to meet all the legal obligations for drivers before you can drive." Reading, Basingstoke, Berkshire

You can tax your vehicle using a reference number from:

  • a recent vehicle tax reminder or ‘last chance’ warning letter from DVLA
  • your vehicle log book (V5C) – it must be in your name
  • the green ‘new keeper’ slip from a log book if you’ve just bought it

If you do not have any of these documents, you’ll need to apply for a new log book.

Motoring firm the RAC said it's now "virtually impossible" to get away without paying car tax due to computer checks on all registered vehicles. Owners of motors flagged up as being untaxed and not declared SORN will be sent an £80 fine, BirminghamLive reports.

If the penalty is paid within 28 days, it should be halved to £40. However, if this fine is not paid, the driver could be prosecuted and the fine could rise to £1,000.

Wagonex CEO Toby Kernon said: "With so many things available at the touch of a button these days, and costs across the board rising, it’s easy to put off the dreaded admin tasks that come with owning or financing a car. The reality is that while sometimes time consuming, this admin is a legal necessity, and those who do miss their car tax renewal could be risking a fine of up to £1,000.

“You can easily check if your vehicle is taxed on the website by inputting your vehicle registration number – you can also renew online. If you are unable to pay your VED tax, you will receive an email from the DVLA, and they will attempt to take the money you owe within four days. If this fails again, your car will no longer be taxed and could receive a fine."

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