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Treasury urged to crack down on untaxed foreign cars

Thousands of untaxed foreign cars on British roads mean the Treasury is missing out on millions of pounds each year, the RAC has said.

Around 15,000 foreign vehicles are not registered, the RAC estimates. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Around 60,000 non-UK vehicles are registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) every year but an estimated 15,000 are not registered, the RAC said.

It means that around £3 million in vehicle excise duty (VED) is not being collected each year, the RAC added.

The RAC said that under current regulations visiting non-UK cars must be registered with the DVLA once they have been in the UK for six months.

Foreign drivers must then pay a £55 first registration fee, ensure they have paid VED, obtain an MOT if the vehicle is over three years old and in some instances pay VAT.