It is a legal requirement for all vehicles using public roads to have a valid tax disc. While the police and DVLA regularly undertake checks, you can also report a vehicle if it doesn’t have valid tax.
If you see a car on the road without a tax disc, or with a tax disc that has expired, you can report it. You can do this either online or via the post.
Our guide looks at how you report a car with no tax disc.
Checking if a car is taxed
You can see from a tax disc on a car if it is out of date. Alternatively, you can check if a car currently has valid tax by using the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) online vehicle enquiry service. To do this you will need to know the model and registration number of the vehicle.
If a car isn’t taxed
If a car isn’t taxed, the information you will need to make a report includes:
- The registration number
- The make and model
- The colour
- The location of the car
- The name and address of the owner (if you know this)
You can report the vehicle online using the DVLAs online service or by post by writing to The Enforcement Section, E89/A2, DVLA, Longview Road, Swansea, SA7 0XZ.
What happens next
When you report an untaxed car, the details will be entered onto a database. The DVLA works with NSL to operate a fleet of wheel clamping vehicles across the UK. An untaxed vehicle will be investigated by the nearest NSL pound.
If you report an untaxed car it will not necessarily be clamped. The DVLA have other options such as imposing a ‘late tax’ penalty of £80 to the keeper of the vehicle.
The DVLA regularly monitors for untaxed cars and they issue more than 90,000 penalties every month. This means that some untaxed vehicles in your area may have been issued with one of the £80 fixed penalties and will not be wheel clamped.