Foreign car seizures reach 3k

Monday, March 7, 2016

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) seized nearly 3,000 unregistered foreign cars since trials began according to latest figures.

Since April 2014, when a pilot scheme began targeting foreign cars that remained unregistered in the UK after six months, the DVLA has seized nearly 3,000 vehicles, recouping more than £42,000 in lost taxes. 

The figures obtained by Auto Express also revealed that the first six weeks of the trail saw 237 unregistered foreign cars seized. 

The scheme has since rolled out nationwide and the latest figures showed that, last year, the DVLA seized nearly 1,800 vehicles, with some months seeing more than 200 unregistered foreign cars being confiscated.

Between 2012 and 2014, before the pilot scheme had started, just 143 cars had been seized in total – a fraction higher than the average monthly figures in 2015. 

So far, the Government has been able to recover £42,703 through out of court settlements, and has successfully prosecuted 621 drivers for failing to pay the required road tax and registration fees.

A DVLA spokeswoman told Auto Express: “This action has helped remove foreign- registered vehicles that pose a potential danger on our roads, and has sent a clear message that we will clamp down on those who break the law, fail to pay their taxes and put people’s lives at risk.”


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