Speed cameras could soon detect car tax evaders in new crackdown on offenders


Experts at IAM RoadSmart had urged police to consider better utilising existing equipment to check whether drivers have a range of documents in place. They say these checks should include whether drivers valid insurance, MOT and Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) up to date.

“But it should not be overlooked the suffering that drivers of vehicles which are uninsured, unlicensed and without a valid MOT can cause other road users.”

Police ANPR cameras are currently installed with advanced technology able to read number plates but this is not installed widespread across the network.

Police ANPR cameras automatically read every number plate and check it against a database of vehicles of interest.

This can trigger an alert if a vehicle is known to be linked to a range of offences.

“If speed camera partnerships are issuing speeding tickets they should also follow up on a wider range of offences and this is backed by the vast majority of drivers.

“Getting lawbreakers off our roads could significantly help reduce the number of casualties caused by motorists with no regard for their motoring responsibilities.”

Data released last year revealed Belfast had the highest number of car tax evaders in the UK with over 78,500 cars not paying the charge.

Birmingham was the second-highest offending region with 61,500 drivers caught out while Glasgow was the third-highest offending area with 34,375 drivers avoiding charges.

DVLA Chief Executive Julie Lennard has previously warned there was no excuse” for drivers to avoid paying their car tax fees.

She said: “The number of untaxed vehicles on the road is falling, but we are determined to reduce this even further.

“We operate a range of measures to make vehicle tax easy to pay and hard to avoid, so there really is no excuse if you fail to tax your vehicle.

“While the vast majority of motorists do the right thing and tax correctly, this campaign highlights the real consequences that motorists face if they don’t tax their vehicles.”



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