Press release

Record number of motorists go digital to tax their vehicles

More motorists than ever before are using GOV.UK to tax their vehicles.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Tax disc

According to figures released today (14 October 2013) by DVLA, nearly 60% of all vehicles are taxed or declared off road using the government’s digital services.

DVLA recorded their busiest ever day on 30 September when nearly a quarter of a million motorists used the service – an increase of almost 41% on the same day last year.

Since the service was launched in April 2004 over 126 million tax discs have been issued this way and it has been used 18 million times to declare a vehicle off the road. On average, the service is most popular on the last day of the month, with the peak time between 11:00am and 11:15am.

So far this financial year, the service has been used over 13 million times.

Roads Minister, Robert Goodwill said:

These figures show that more and more motorists are choosing to go digital when dealing with DVLA. Our digital services are proving extremely popular and are designed to be used any time of the day or night to fit in with people’s lifestyles.

I have used the service many times and have always found it quick and easy to use.

Go to GOV.UK for further information on DVLA’s digital services.


Notes to Editors:

  1. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is quick and easy to use and typically takes just 4 minutes – go online or call 0300 123 4321.

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Published 14 October 2013