Untaxed Vehicles

Transport written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands Conservative, Hammersmith and Fulham

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures are being taken to improve the detection rate of vehicles using British roads without a valid tax disc; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Minister of State, Department for Transport

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) operate a fleet of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras which are an integral part of the agency's commitment to the reduction of vehicle excise duty (VED) evasion. These mobile systems can be used night or day to target potential unlicensed evaders. They are used in conjunction in combined operations with the police, and other agencies. Such operations can also contribute to road safety as many unlicensed vehicles have mechanical defects, which are identified, and the appropriate action taken against the driver.

The DVLA ANPR units also operate independently throughout the country and will continue to be used as a high visibility deterrent against unlicensed offenders for the foreseeable future.

In addition and of increasing benefit is the initiative to enforce VED collection through a data match of vehicles on our record with the record of VED paid. This "enforcement from the record" is backed up by penalty notices and wheel clamping and has made a significant contribution to our success in reducing evasion of VED to 3.6 per cent. by 2005.

The DVLA also undertake with their partners NCR wide ranging wheelclamping operations targeting unlicensed vehicles. DVLA have enforcement field officers based around the country who also target unlicensed vehicles.

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