Clamping down: UK’s tax evasion hotspots revealed

Car clamp

The DVLA has named 11 areas of the UK where tax dodging is highest as it launches a new ‘tax it or lose it’ advertising campaign.

A whopping 27,605 vehicles were clamped in London in 2018, with a further 94,550 motorists receiving a fine or penalty. This makes London the country’s tax evasion capital, with the number of enforcement actions almost more than the total of the next two locations combined.

Of the other locations, more vehicles were clamped in Manchester than anywhere else in the country, while Northern Ireland topped the list of fines and penalties.

‘Never been easier to tax your car’

Untaxed vehicle warning

The advertising campaign will feature a giant clamp to ram home the message that the DVLA will take action on untaxed vehicles. Potential punishments include financial penalties, court action, clamping and the loss of a car.

DVLA’s head of enforcement Tim Burton said: “This campaign has a clear message for anyone who flouts the law in this way – tax it or lose it.

“It’s never been easier to tax your car, so there really is no excuse. We would rather not have to clamp or remove vehicles, but this campaign highlights the consequences of not taxing a vehicle.

“Having your vehicle clamped is expensive and inconvenient – and you could end up losing your car.”

The UK’s tax dodging hotspots

Area Clamped Fines or penalties Totals
London 27,605 94,550 122,155
Northern Ireland 5,516 67,944 73,460
Birmingham 5,076 50,045 55,121
Manchester 7,573 26,214 33,787
Glasgow 2,666 29,705 32,371
Sheffield 3,987 25,291 29,278
Cardiff 3,021 24,598 27,619
Nottingham 3,507 21,346 24,853
Bristol 3,496 20,412 23,908
Leicester 3,344 19,196 22,540
Coventry 1,257 18,193 19,450