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Vehicle Excise Duty

Volume 984: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport (1) if he will now order a survey of vehicle excise duty evasion by heavy goods vehicle operators;(2) what is the latest estimate of vehicle excise duty evasion by heavy goods vehicle operators, whether by operating unlicensed vehicles, or by paying at too low a rate.

The survey of evasion undertaken by the Department in 1977–78 suggested that the level of evasion for goods vehicles might be 10 to 13 per cent.,

VEHICLE EXCISE DUTY: PENALTIES AND BACK DUTY 1979
London AreaElsewhere in Great Britain
All VehiclesGoods VehiclesOther Vehicles
£££
Fines431,238251,0211,468.105
Mitigated penalties in lieu of prosecution*174,666177,5601,177,112
Back Duty†408,600612,201766,680
* includes an element for back duty
†ordered by the Courts or collected as a result of Departmental check weighing.