Nearly One Million Drivers Cancel VED Direct Debits

This item from the RAC highlights the financial pressures that many are under across the UK. Owners of older cars often face VED payments of over £200 per year, sometimes £380, depending on emissions category. As food, fuel and energy costs have risen in the last year, something has to give.

After cancelling the VED tax payments another way to save money is by skipping the MoT and cancelling the car insurance, or trying to scale back insurance costs by changing postcode, occupation or take younger drivers off the policy. As councils rush to plug the business rates revenue gap by launching CAZ or ULEZ zones, expect more drivers to chance their luck by driving without insurance cover in 2023.

Here’s the RAC word;

There has been a worrying increase in the number of drivers having their vehicle tax Direct Debits cancelled by DVLA after payments couldn’t be taken due to a lack of funds, figures analysed by the RAC show following a Freedom of Information request.Almost one million drivers (950,377) had their Direct Debits cancelled in the financial year 2021-22, an increase of 9% on the 862,529 on 2020-21. This is, however, still fewer than the 1.1m cancelled in 2019-20.

Perhaps even more concerning is that between April and December 2022, nearly three-quarters of a million (721,486) had their Direct Debits cancelled which, if this trend continues during the cost-of-living crisis until April 2023, could mean an even bigger total than the 2019-20 financial year.

Under current procedures, a missed payment, or an unpaid Direct Debit results in the DVLA contacting the vehicle keeper to inform them it will attempt a further Direct Debit on a specified date. If this subsequently fails, the mandate is cancelled and the owner is advised that the vehicle is not taxed. Failure to tax it another way will lead to the DVLA taking enforcement action.

So far this financial year, drivers overwhelmingly prefer to pay their vehicle tax monthly by Direct Debit, with 86% choosing to use this method. One-in-10 (10.46%) pay annually, with less than 4% paying every six months. The trend towards drivers choosing to pay their vehicle tax monthly continues to grow – up 3% in the two years to the end of March 2022, while those paying every six months has fallen by 9% over the same period. This perhaps demonstrates that more drivers are looking to spread their payments throughout the year to cope with big rises in household bills.

The amount drivers pay in vehicle excise duty varies considerably depending on the vehicle’s CO2 emissions and the year it was first registered*. Those vehicles that were sold with a higher list price may also pay a duty premium between years two and five following registration, while those driving a pure electric vehicle are exempt from road tax completely until 2025 – though must still technically ‘tax’ their car for free.

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