Are you sure that your vehicle is taxed?
If your answer is, I think so, or I don’t know, keep reading as there will soon be a new and easy way to manage your vehicle administration.
In 2019 an estimated 634,000 vehicles were untaxed and being driven on the UK roads. This number represents 1.6% of all vehicles. It may seem a high figure, but it is an improvement on 2017 when an estimated 755,000 were estimated to be unlicensed. Overall, the 2019 figure represents a potential revenue loss for the UK government of £94 million.
Since October 2014 it has not been mandatory to place a paper tax disc in a vehicle, so there aren’t any physical reminders for motorists.
Every year when the road tax is reaching its expiry date, the registered owner will receive a final reminder or V11 document detailing the amount to pay, along with the timeframe and methods of payment. However, this method is a fallback and does not help all drivers. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) now enforce fines through a database of vehicles and issue £80 fines to untaxed vehicles. This fine is, however, reduced by 50% if paid within 28 days. Ultimately, if found driving a car that isn’t taxed, you could face a fine of up to £1,000. This fine is payable on the spot if caught driving a car without road tax by the police.
To help mitigate the possibility of forgetting to renew your tax, the new myAutomate app has a vehicle management feature called myDriveway. The user can manage tax renewal dates within the app and set a reminder up to 30 days in advance of the renewal, ensuring there is plenty of time to arrange for payment and avoid any unnecessary fines.
A user can add up to five vehicles to myDriveway, giving the whole household the ability to manage all vehicles in one place.
The vehicle Tax date is not the only important date to ensure your vehicles are safe and legal. The myDriveway section of the app enables the user to add MOT, servicing and insurance dates. All of these come with handy reminders, ensuring that your vehicle information is up to date, and essential renewals are not forgotten.
The free myAutomate app is full of features that make owning and driving a vehicle and stress-free as possible. Whether it's finding a nearby forecourt, a parking space, car wash or EV charge point, the myAutomate app has you covered.
To find out more and pre-register your interest in the soon to be launched app, please click here.