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DVLA admits road tax system could lead to operators being overcharged

  • 01 July 2014
  • By Colin Barnett

The DVLA has admitted its online road taxation facility is not perfect, and could lead to operators being overcharged.

The admission came after a reader of’s sister title Truck Driver was quoted £2,585 to tax his Scania timber transporter with 3-axles and a 3-axle trailer when using the service. The correct amount is £880.

The problem, according to the agency, arises where the total weight of the vehicle plus the trailer exceeds  the weights in the respective table on the V149 form and are therefore calculated on the highest weight available, which is 40,000kg (for a vehicle without road-friendly suspension).

Owners of these vehicles must contact the DVLA directly to tax the vehicle, otherwise an incorrect VED/levy may be applied.

A DVLA spokesman said this “only affects a small number of HGVs” . From 1 October the paper tax disc will be abolished, although it will still be possible to pay at the Post Office and online.


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