Estimates of VED evasion are derived by directly observing registration marks from traffic at various sites around the country and comparing these with records held by the government licensing agencies.
- 0.7% of traffic on both British roads and roads in Northern Ireland was driving without a valid tax disc
- the lowest rate of evasion was seen in the bus (0.1%) and goods vehicles (0.4%) tax classes
- the highest rate was seen in the motorcycle tax class (2.1%)
- private and light goods vehicle tax class (PLG), which accounts for about 89% of all licensed vehicles, had an evasion rate of 0.7%
- overall rate of unlicensed vehicles ‘in stock’ in Great Britain was estimated to be 0.7%
- it is estimated VED evasion could have cost around £40 million in lost revenue in Great Britain in 2011 to 2012
Some of this revenue will have been recovered through DVLA enforcement activity or through vehicle keepers back-licensing their vehicles.
Information on Vehicle Excise Duty evasion statistics, including the pre-release access list is available.