A "worrying rise" in the number of drivers evading tax
Since the abolishment of the paper tax disc, the number of motorists failing to pay vehicle excise duty (VED) has rapidly increased.
According to the Department for Transport (DfT), approximately 560,000 vehicles on UK roads are evading tax.
Since 2013, when the figure reached 210,000, the number of motorists failing to pay car tax has more than doubled.
The RAC has described this as a "worrying' increase on the previous figure.
Data from a survey conducted earlier this year revealed that 1.4 per cent of vehicles in use are unlicensed, which could cost £80m in potential lost revenue every year. In 2013, this figure was 0.6 per cent, costing £35m.
However, when the paper disc was axed in October last year, the government said it would save the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) an average of £7m a year.
According to the BBC, 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."
Oliver Morley, DVLA chief executive, added: "Almost 99 per cent 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."