You may have seen the new campaign, launched by the DVLA to clamp down on those driving without vehicle tax. Keeping up to date with the latest road tax law is highly important and in the latest blog post by Broadbents Solicitors, we discuss the penalties for failing to comply with the law and what you need to know.
Vehicle Tax Rates
From the 1st April 2017, vehicle tax rates changed, depending on the level of CO2 emissions the vehicle produces. The rates are as follows:
£140 a year for petrol or diesel vehicles
£130 a year for alternative fuel vehicles (hybrids, bioethanol and LPG)
£0 for vehicles with no CO2 emissions
Since October 2014, vehicle tax has not been able to be passed between drivers, meaning that if you plan to sell your vehicle before your tax ends, you will be refunded for any full calendar months of tax you have left on the vehicle.
Although fines may vary, as per road tax law, individuals could face penalties of up to £1000 for not taxing a vehicle. If you don’t plan to drive the vehicle, you will need to make a SORN and park the car off a public road.
Perils of Driving without Insurance
As well as complying with road tax law, car drivers also need to ensure that their vehicle is insured.
Driving without insurance is against the law and anyone found to be driving without appropriate insurance in place can receive a fixed penalty of £300 and 6 points on their licence. On the other hand, if your case goes to court, the penalty could result in an unlimited fine and a driving disqualification.
Third party insurance is the minimum level of cover individuals are allowed to drive under, meaning that the insurance company may pay if you have an accident and cause damage to another person, vehicle, animal or property, however, you will have to foot the bill for any repairs to your own vehicle.
The team at Broadbents Solicitors have a wealth of industry experience in road traffic offences and can provide comprehensive advice and guidance. If you would like our help, please contact us today by phone or use our online contact form and we’ll be in touch regarding your enquiry shortly.