Car Tax

Transport written question – answered at on 4 February 2013.

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Photo of Christopher Huhne Christopher Huhne Liberal Democrat, Eastleigh

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to ensure that foreign vehicles pay road tax after being in the UK for more than six months.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Current enforcement around foreign registered vehicles is carried out in a proportionate way focusing on those seen as hardened evaders. It is for the keeper of the vehicle to prove that the vehicle has been in the UK for less than six months. Abuse of the system is considered to be low but this position is kept under review. To have foreign registered vehicles staying in the UK for more than six months has implications for both road safety and tax revenue, and so I am keen that we continue enforcing this.

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