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Roads: Tax Evasion

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road tax evaders there were in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2005-06; what proportion of these were prosecuted in 2005-06; and what the loss was of revenue as a result of such tax evasions in 2005-06. (202134)

There was no roadside survey to measure road tax evaders conducted in 2000-01. The nearest estimate available is from the 2002 roadside survey. The estimated number of unlicensed vehicles at that time was 1.76 million vehicles, representing an estimated loss of revenue through evasion of £193 million.

The 2005 roadside survey estimated the number of unlicensed vehicles as 1.55 million, with an estimated revenue loss figure of £147 million.

In 2005-06 DVLA brought 144,884 successful prosecutions at magistrates’ court relating to the use of unlicensed vehicles. A further 516,808 cases were dealt with via out of court settlements.