Unused vehicle road tax and its use

A Roberts made this Freedom of Information request to Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

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Dear Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency,
Following changes to transfer of Vehicle Road Tax in November 2014, please provide figures, broken down annually from calendar year commencing 1 Jan 2015, for the total revenue accruing to DVLA or relevant government body from unused road tax unable to be transferred to the new owner at point of sale of a secondhand car.
If not readily available, this can be easily estimated from a) total number of transactions of secondhand sales, multiplied by b) average monthly cost of insuring a vehicle in the UK (as all new owners, regardless of day of month of transfer, will have to back tax to start of month, and all sellers will lose remaining days of month for every single transaction).
Please provide figures a) and b) as above.
Please provide comprehensive breakdown of whether and where this sum of money has been earmarked specifically for road infrastructure and improvement investment.

Yours faithfully,

Alun Roberts

FOI FOI, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Dear Mr Roberts

In order to fully consider your request can you clarify something in your email

For point b) you state "the average monthly cost of insuring a vehicle in the UK", do you mean the cost of taxing a vehicle.

Regards

Ian Davies
Freedom of Information Team, Data Sharing & Protection Group | Strategy, Policy & Communications Directorate| D16 | DVLA | Swansea | SA6 7JL
Twitter: @dvlagovuk

New vehicle tax rates for cars registered on or after 1 April 2017.
Cyfraddau treth cerbyd newydd am geir a gofrestrwyd ar neu ar ôl 1 Ebrill 2017.
Find out more/Cael gwybod mwy: www.gov.uk/newvehicletaxrates
Find out about DVLA's online services at:
www.gov.uk/browse/driving

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Dear FOI FOI,
Sorry, yes point b) should read "the average monthly cost of taxing a vehicle"

Yours sincerely,

A Roberts

FOI FOI, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Dear Mr Roberts,

Thank you for your e-mails requesting information. The DVLA are dealing with your request under the terms of The Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your request has been given reference number: FOIR6231.

You should expect to receive a reply to your request within 20 working days.

If you have any further questions or enquiries on this request please quote the reference number.

Thanks & Regards,

David A Morgan
Freedom of Information Team
Data Sharing & Protection Group | Strategy, Policy and Communications Group | D16 | DVLA | Swansea | SA6 7JL
Twitter: @dvlagovuk

New vehicle tax rates for cars registered on or after 1 April 2017.
Cyfraddau treth cerbyd newydd am geir a gofrestrwyd ar neu ar ôl 1 Ebrill 2017.
Find out more/Cael gwybod mwy: www.gov.uk/newvehicletaxrates

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Dear Mr Roberts

Please find attached the reply to your Freedom of Information request FOIR6231.

Regards

Ian Davies
Freedom of Information Team, Data Sharing & Protection Group | Strategy, Policy & Communications Directorate| D16 | DVLA | Swansea | SA6 7JL
Twitter: @dvlagovuk

New vehicle tax rates for cars registered on or after 1 April 2017.
Cyfraddau treth cerbyd newydd am geir a gofrestrwyd ar neu ar ôl 1 Ebrill 2017.
Find out more/Cael gwybod mwy: www.gov.uk/newvehicletaxrates
Find out about DVLA's online services at:
www.gov.uk/browse/driving

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Dear FOI FOI,
Re. your rather sparse and uninformative response to the FOI request, it is inconceivable that you do not record these figures. All sales of motor vehicles are required to be notified to DVLA. If DVLA do not hold these figures, who else would record the total number of sales of second hand vehicles in the UK ( a)? Does this mean that I do not need to register my vehicle when I buy it, or inform DVLA if I dispose or sell of it, as no record is apparently kept anyway? Please provide information on which body would actually provide this information.
Re. the average monthly cost (b) of taxing a vehicle, this is easily calculated as follows:
Total number of issuances of VED in band A x cost of VED in band A
Total number of issuances in band B etc. etc.
I could then give these figures to my neighbour’s son who would work out the mean value, weighted according to frequency of occurrence, as a simple exercise in GCSE mathematics, should take about 5 minutes. In your case, would probably be marked as “could do better”.

Yours sincerely,

A Roberts

FOI FOI, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Dear Mr Roberts,

Thank you for your e-mail concerning the reply you received to your Freedom of Information request FOIR6231.

It may be helpful if we further explain that DVLA does not record sales of vehicles, but does record changes of keeper. These could include In-trade vehicles, vehicles declared off the road (SORN), Disposals (scrapped), as well as sales of second hand vehicles. During 2016 DVLA recorded over 9 million changes of keeper.

This information is published at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistica...

Table VEH0111 gives the number of recorded change of keeper.

The total number of licensed vehicles in the UK is just over 39 million but DVLA does not hold a figure for an average amount of VED collected. The information below shows the gross amounts collected for Vehicle Excise Duty as per our Annual Report and Accounts:

Gross VED

2010-11 - £5,983m
2011-12 - £6,135m
2012-13 - £6,207m
2013-14 - £6,249m
2014-15 - £6,239m
2015-16 - £6,287m

The rates of VED are published in the V149 table and can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

Hope this helps.

Thanks & Regards,

David A Morgan
Freedom of Information Team
Data Sharing & Protection Group | Strategy, Policy and Communications Group | D16 | DVLA | Swansea | SA6 7JL
Twitter: @dvlagovuk
Ext 88586
(01792) 788586

New vehicle tax rates for cars registered on or after 1 April 2017.
Cyfraddau treth cerbyd newydd am geir a gofrestrwyd ar neu ar ôl 1 Ebrill 2017.
Find out more/Cael gwybod mwy: www.gov.uk/newvehicletaxrates

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