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Motor Vehicles: Registration

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many automatic penalties the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) issued for failure to submit a statutory off-road notification in each of the last five years; in how many of these cases the Agency had not sent a reminder to the registered keeper previously; and if he will make it his policy that (a) DVLA issue reminders for renewal of statutory off-road notifications in all circumstances and (b) automatic penalties are not issued by DVLA unless a renewal reminder has been sent. (277519)

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency does not have details of the number of automatic penalties issued for failure to submit a statutory off-road notification. However, the following table provides the total number of automatic penalties issued for the combined reasons of failing to submit a statutory off-road notification or failing to relicense a vehicle.

Number

January to December 2004

790,057

January to December 2005

1,419,899

January to December 2006

1,274,143

January to December 2007

1,227,047

January to December 2008

1,124,371

January to April 2009

316,216

Reminders are automatically issued to all customers before the SORN or tax disc expires. There may be occasions when a reminder cannot be issued, e.g. if the vehicle is stolen.