Government data silos blamed for £3 million car tax loss

The DVLA and Border Force could help the UK save £3 million a year if they improved data sharing to target unregistered foreign vehicles, according to the RAC.

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The DVLA and Border Force could help the UK save £3 million a year if they improved data sharing to target unregistered foreign vehicles, according to the RAC.

Foreign cars must be registered after six months of being on UK roads. But the car insurer RAC said that although 60,000 foreign cars comply each year, 15,000 slip through the net. It valued this as £3 million in car tax lost every year.

“Our roads are in dire straits and any extra revenue go toward repairing our roads,” RAC’s head of external affairs Pete Williams told the BBC yesterday.

A spokesperson for the Department for Transport (DfT) said: “We are aware of the issue of foreign vehicles failing to register with the DVLA if they have been in the UK for longer than six months. Discussions are currently ongoing across government to identify ways of improving the flow of information between agencies in order to tackle this problem and we hope to announce firm plans shortly.”

The DVLA hopes to become a "digital champion" against which other government departments can benchmark, it said earlier this year, with a transition to an open service IT platform in Swansea.

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