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N4ughty numberpl8s: DVLA releases list of banned 66 number plates

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NEW RULES: A host of new 66 plate registration plates have been banned and will not be seen on the UK’s roads anytime soon

NEW RULES: A host of new 66 plate registration plates have been banned and will not be seen on the UK’s roads anytime soon

The new 66 vehicle registration plate has been released and is likely to lead to a spike in car sales but those hoping to purchase a plate featuring a naughty word or message will be left disappointed.

The DVLA has released a considerable list of 66 plates that will not be available to purchase after determining that they were in poor taste.

Among the combinations that DVLA has prohibited are HU66 NOB and BU66 ER.

BANNED: Amongst the plates banned this year are OR66ASM, DO66ERS and BU66ER

BANNED: Amongst the plates banned this year are OR66ASM, DO66ERS and BU66ER

Other 66 plates that have been banned include DO66ERS, OR66ASM and DO66ER.

The DVLA bans plates that can potentially be viewed as offensive or have explicit connotations.

Occasionally, some plates that provoke complaints slip though the net but the DVLA does have the power to force drivers to hand the registration number back to the agency.

Jake Smith, Managing Director of Absolute Reg, said: “The DVLA always publishes a list of banned licence plates when a new number is released, although we’re sure that some jokers would like to get their hand on a few of the options that are prohibited.

“Despite DVLA publishing a substantial list of banned 66 registration plates the new number still leaves plenty of options for those wanting to add a personal touch to their vehicle with a number plate they choose.”

Censors meet every six months to decide on potentially offensive licence plates.

Reasons for banning a plate can be based on political, racial and religious concerns. The list of suppressed combinations from DVLA spans pages and many of those named in the document contain combinations spelling out rude words or messages after being deemed unsuitable for Britain’s roads.

The new 66 number plate came out on 1st September and indicates that the car was registered between the start of September 2016 and the end of February 2017.


DVLA’s £93 million tax disc loss

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Accounts show huge loss in revenue following tax disc abolition

Accounts show huge loss in revenue following tax disc abolition

The DVLA’s annual accounts have shown a £93 million loss in revenue after the paper tax disc was abolished.

The Government had initially estimated that the changeover from paper tax discs to the online format would lose £80 million over the course of 2015.

The findings have shown that revenue generated from vehicle tax fell from £6.023 billion at the end of March 2015 to £5.930 billion a year later.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “It is worrying that the reduction in revenue from vehicle tax has exceeded the Government’s own estimate.

“Some may argue that a £93 million loss is only £13 million higher than expected, but this represents an increase of £58 million on the corresponding period before the tax disc was abandoned and far exceeds the £10 million savings from no longer issuing tax discs.

“This loss is a significant sum and one that merits further investigation.”

The RAC is pushing for a roadside survey of unlicensed cars to take place to find out how many motorists are evading paying tax. These individuals heavily contribute to the figure of vehicle tax lost each year.

Williams added: “Now that paper tax discs have disappeared from the windscreens of vehicles, payment is logged within the DVLA database. The country’s network of automatic number plate recognition cameras are relied upon to catch motorists who avoid paying – deliberately or not – together with a debt collection agency, which is used to chase non-payers.

“It would be extremely worrying if we were to find out that car tax evasion has increased from the 560,000 figure estimated in June 2015.
“We just hope that this doesn’t prove to be the tip of the iceberg and that the figure does not keep on rising, especially as the DVLA had predicted the new system would lead to savings of £10 million.”


Road tax dodgers figures double since end of the disc

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road tax disc (323x350)Numbers of motorists failing to pay vehicle excise duty (VED), also known as car tax or road tax, has more than doubled since the end of the paper tax disc.

An estimated 560,000 vehicles on UK roads are evading tax, according to official figures from the Department for Transport (DfT).

The RAC described this as a "worrying" increase on the previous figure of 210,000 which was recorded in 2013 before the paper disc became obsolete.

The latest data from a survey in June shows that 1.4% of vehicles in use are unlicensed, which could cost about £80 million in potential lost revenue each year, although some of this will have been recovered through enforcement activity or payment by arrears.

The 2013 figure was just 0.6%, costing £35 million.

When the paper disc was ended in October last year the Government said it would eventually save the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) around £7 million a year.

But motoring groups expressed reservations that it could lead to an increase in the number of motorists failing to pay duty.

Commenting on the latest figures, RAC chief engineer David Bizley said: "These are very worrying and disappointing statistics indeed.

"Sadly, the concerns we raised about the number of car tax evaders going up at the time the tax disc was confined to history have become a reality."

He warned that the UK cannot afford the growth in lost revenue to continue "for the sake of both road safety and the country's finances".

DVLA chief executive Oliver Morley said: "Almost 99% of all vehicles on the road are correctly taxed: that's around £6 billion in vehicle tax passed to the Treasury every year.

"We write to every registered vehicle keeper in the UK to remind them when their tax is due and we have introduced a range of measures to make vehicle tax easy to pay.

"At the same time we are taking action against those who are determined to break the law."

The DVLA said 75% of motorists pay tax online or over the phone, including 11 million who have switched to direct debit since the paper disc was ended.

Motorists who have not paid their tax can be spotted on automatic number plate recognition cameras or by police checking VED data information.

Mr Bizley called for the traffic survey to be repeated in a year - rather than the normal two-year period - to establish whether the increase in tax evasion was a "temporary result of the new system".
If not, then "action will have to be taken swiftly," he added.


GPs MUST tell DVLA if you’re unfit to drive

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Your doctor must tell the DVLA if you continue to drive when you are not medically fit, the General Medical Council (GMC) has said.

In new draft guidance, the GMC said doctors have a public protection duty to inform authorities if a patient is driving against medical advice.

Doctors do not need a patient's consent to inform the DVLA (or DVA in Northern Ireland) when a patient has continued driving. The strengthened advice is part of a public consultation on the GMC's core guidance on confidentiality.

This aims to help doctors balance their legal and ethical duties of confidentiality with wider public protection responsibilities. The guidance says doctors must disclose information if there is a need to protect individuals or the wider public from the risks of death or serious harm.

This can include risks of violent crime, serious communicable diseases, or risks posed by patients who are not fit to drive. Niall Dickson, chief executive of the GMC, said: 'Doctors often find themselves in challenging situations.

"This is difficult territory - most patients will do the sensible thing but the truth is that a few will not and may not have the insight to realise that they are a risk to others behind the wheel of a car.

"A confidential medical service is a public good and trust is an essential part of the doctor-patient relationship.

"But confidentiality is not absolute and doctors can play an important part in keeping the wider public safe if a patient is not safe to drive.

'We are clear that doctors carrying out their duty will not face any sanction - and this new guidance makes clear that we will support those who are faced with these difficult decisions."

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: "Thirty-seven million drivers depend on the car for getting about and for those with serious medical conditions there is a real fear around losing their licence.

"But with the right treatment, many illnesses will not lead to people having to hang up the keys.

"The worst thing motorists can do is ignore medical advice. If they don't tell the DVLA about something that impacts on their ability to drive safely, then their GP will."