Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Your Letters -

The head­line in Your Let­ters of 20 Jan­uary ‘Putting the road tax record straight’, fol­lowed by Karl Sheri­dan’s let­ter, does not put the record straight. It is point­less spec­u­lat­ing why so many own­ers of cars over 10 years old can’t or won’t pay their car tax, when Mr Sheri­dan con­tin­ues to as­sume that ‘45% of own­ers of cars 10 years old and over are fail­ing to pay road tax’, as he stated in his 16/23 De­cem­ber 2015 is­sue let­ter.

My let­ter in the 13 Jan­uary is­sue re­peated what the DVLA said, namely that ‘Of the un­li­censed ve­hi­cles in the sur­vey, 45% of these cars were more than 10 years old. There are 29.1 mil­lion cars on the road, and the DVLA says that 560 000 are un­taxed, which is about 1.9% of the to­tal, and 45% (the cars over 10 years old) of 560 000 is 252,000. There are about 4,365,000 cars over 10 years old, so with 252,000 un­taxed, that makes 5.8% of cars ten years old or more that are un­taxed, not 45%.

Now that it is no longer pos­si­ble to dis­play a cur­rent tax disc (it used to be an of­fence not to dis­play a tax disc, even if you had one), it must be so much more tempt­ing for some, not to bother.

If 14 pence more tax was put on a litre of fuel, that would re­place the car tax per year that the Gov­ern­ment charges. No bu­reau­cracy, no non-pay­ers; the more you use, the more you pay, or is that too sim­ple? No more sep­a­rate car tax. David My­ers, Ulver­ston, Cum­bria

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