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The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has launched a hard-line "tax it or lose it" campaign to tackle "nuisance" car owners who don't tax their vehicles.

New figures suggest up to 10,000 cars are clamped or impounded every year for not being taxed - and therefore not insured.

All vehicles kept or used or public roads in the UK must be correctly taxed. If the vehicle is not being used or kept on a public road, the owner can apply for a Statutory Off the Road Notification (SORN). Recent figures from the DVLA show income from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) fell by £147million between 2014/15 and 2016/17.

The government agency claims the fall in revenue is as a result of more cleaner cars on the road, rather than drivers taking their chances and not taxing their vehicles. Paper tax discs were abolished in 2014, meaning motorists no longer have to display physical evidence of taxing their vehicle. 

DVLA chief executive Oliver Morley said: “While the overwhelming majority of vehicles on the road are licensed correctly, it is only right that we take action against those people who think they can get away with it.”

The RAC says it is "clearly positive" so many tax-evading motorists are being brought to justice, it warns the true extent of the problem may not be fully known until the Department for Transport publishes the results of its vehicle tax evasion survey in the coming weeks. 

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