Vehicle excise duty, otherwise known as ‘road tax’ is a legal requirement if you want to drive on public roads.
If you don’t renew your road tax your vehicle registration number will be flagged up on the relevant database. If your road tax is not renewed you may find your vehicle clamped outside your home address or outside your place of work etc.
Should you ‘forget’ to renew your vehicle tax when it runs out your insurance may become null and void. Should you subsequently be involved in a road traffic collision while untaxed, you could essentially be uninsured, thus having to face the relevant consequences.
Should a Police Officer / PCSO encounter a vehicle that is not taxed or declared off road and is on the highway they may have the vehicle impounded. The registered keeper of the vehicle would then be liable to any subsequent charges incurred as a result of the vehicle being impounded. Vehicles can be crushed.
What you need to do
- Make sure that SORN vehicles are not on the highway.
- If using your vehicle on the highway ensure your vehicle is taxed.
To report an untaxed vehicle visit https://www.gov.uk/report-untaxed-vehicle
About ‘Road Tax’
Cyclists often report that aggressive motorists justify their behaviour on the basis that they alone pay ‘road tax’. But there is no such thing.
Road tax simply doesn’t exist. It’s car tax, a tax on cars and other vehicles, not a tax on roads or a fee to use them. Motorists do not pay directly for the roads. Roads are paid for via general and local taxation. In 1926, Winston Churchill started the process to abolish road tax. It was finally culled in 1937.