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No road tax on foreign cars in the UK

Living in the West Midlands I am sick to the teeth of the sheer amount of foreign vehicles used on UK roads with no road tax.  In the street where I live there is a foreign vehicle with no road tax.

I contacted the DVLA who advised me that they can drive in the UK for 6 months, after this period they must register the car in the UK, pay for road tax, insurance and get an MOT.  I advised the DVLA that the vehicle in question had been in the UK for 3 year.

Their response was "the law states that they must register the car in the UK", so I asked them what could be done and their reply was, "If they don't register the vehicle then there is nothing the DVLA can do".

WHAT????  I'd advised the owner that it was the law that they should register.  DVLA's response was "well if it's not registered it's nothing to do with us, contact the police".  I even tried to give the DVLA the registration number and address of the owner of the vehicle, but they would not take it from me and basically didn't want to know (you cant escape the computer eh?).

Road tax on foreign cars Police - They said "there's nothing we can do"

I then contacted the police who didn't want to know either.  They said "there's nothing we can do, contact DVLA".  This foreign vehicle had a fixed penalty notice for blocking the street, needless to say that with the vehicle not being registered the fine would not have been paid.  Even after advising the police of this they said "it is nothing to do with us".

My next vehicle purchase is going to be from abroad, that way I do not have to purchase road tax, insurance or get an MOT.  Let's all hope that none of these unregistered vehicles mows anyone down.  The police would have no idea who owns the vehicle or even what kind of vehicle it was.  They would literally, "get away with murder".

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dont waste time and money for calling to police or dvla dont by stupid buy next car abroad and by happy to not pay stupid taxes like aanoter clever people doing :)

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claver boy - 17-Feb-14 23:25

Of coursely, if you are permanent resident in the UK, you should pay a road tax.In the EU, most countries have road tax included in petrol price.But,if your car is fully insured in your home country and it covers all accidents in all over the world,what is the problem?Pay road tax in the UK and that's it.Another question is:why we in the continent tolerate UK plated cars???Because we are not racists and we respect that all EU is like a one home country.I can tell you a lot of stories about Britons coming to the continent and about their behaviour here but this happens everywhere.To those, who claim here that Eastern European people get your work in the UK is untruth.There is the same problem in Ireland where I lived and worked for 6 years.Irish are not willing to take some work positions so, there are vacancies and we take them.Same in the UK.Also I have an advice:if you are going to the UK take from your justice home department a certificate that your criminal record is fully clean throughout last 10 years.

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Paolo - 5-Feb-14 10:30

Nice to see someone from abroad respecting this country, if only every visitor/guest/migrant was as courteous, lesson to be learned there Clint Heine, manners cost nothing but go a long way.

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Tired and emotional - 21-Jan-14 23:11

You all Correct but is not foreign people the same.
I come from Greece driving through with my girlfriend with a small sport car and as a young couple we enjoy it a lot, three days drove half Europe!
I agree with everything but coming in England with my foreign car when is my second home I took all the responsibilities on my own to learn and to pay everything in advance, everywhere im going everything im doing.
As a now at the present time all foreign cars has to be registered for safety rules on the country and of course to find the vehicle if gain the speed on cameras or going a walk through in London and didn't pay any C charges!
No need to change any plates if it is Europe country or after 6 months or a year to leave from country, the law say you can keep when, you pay insurance, tax and mot.
As a Greek Man I Love England and I respect this country living on this countries and pay double taxes!

Kind Regards to Everyone.

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Achileas - 21-Jan-14 13:54

You all correct - but going to the bottom line of your problem ... you decided who rules this country you put people in the parliament seats you vote for them! Its your choice!

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alice - 14-Jan-14 17:14

We need to protect our country from criminals from europe ! Keep our british people in jobs first & then worry about the others !
No 10 should issue a policy jobs offerd to the british first !

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bulldog - 31-Dec-13 16:42

Eastern europeans have to fear our own criminals .they know the eastern europeans are into crime & they see you as targets ...easy pickings , most eastern europeans keep their ill gotten gains in their houses & the earners have got their eyes on you !
They now you dont bank the cash you guys always smuggle it back home ...even the british authorties are fully aware of their criminal ways

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bulldog - 31-Dec-13 16:39

People like Paul are the reason why race riots will start .
Come here to abuse the system and take the piss !
Go home and take your scum with you .the british are gonna take a stand against any european that thinks we are a soft touch !
Police have already started stoping more foreign vehicles & letting agents will be in no hurry to give you a house ...upto 7 people in a 3 bed .not paying council tax !
Welcome to britain where the english will take a stand !

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bulldog - 31-Dec-13 16:34

It's a bummer, Paulybaby. good luck with your new business and a happy new year buddy! (keep ripping them tickets up, baby!)

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Clint - 31-Dec-13 12:06

Who ever wrote this post is a total a*sehole! I drive around EU and have clocked up several speeding tickets and double figures of parking fines. I love it! I'll never pay them. I come back to big brother UK and have just got two automated traffic fines for accidentally being in a bus lane and forgetting the congestion charge existed. Feck that!. I'm not causing any harm to anyone but am being mugged by a mchine with number plate recognition so I have less money to fund my new business. So tomorrow I'm fecking off to Berlin to live free like a bird (in a Transit) Bite me Britain!!

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Paulybaby - 31-Dec-13 01:52

Johny
you joker I get flashed I get tickets I dont pay... the laws are changing and the UK people are gonna make the eastern european feel very unwelcome.
go home to your country and take your criminals with you .

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bulldog - 16-Dec-13 02:23

Mind your own business. Thats what you should do.. And not others.. I drive on foreighm plates aswell and. Guess what . I got flashed over speeding 4 times and 7 times a parking ticket and i never paid a penny.. And they never found me ... Hope that made your day.
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johny - 9-Dec-13 03:16

I live in Bulgaria, but drive to england to visit my children, I am an expat... My gripe is that I buy Vignettes (tax) through the countries I have to drive through to get to the Uk.... Why cant UK sell vignettes the same as Austria, Hungary and Romania do..... it would make good sense.... the UK would then be getting the benefit of tax being paid. I want to be legal, my car is MOT'd Insured and Taxed in Bulgaria, but I would be more comfortable driving it if I could purchase the Vignette in the UK for the time period that I would be there.... usually about a fortnight...

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Pat - 10-Nov-13 08:55

Agree with Tom, if the car is insured, taxed and MOT overseas what is the problem? DVLA and Police do not enforce to change plate and re-register it in UK, in case of accident the foreign insurance company will cover the car and people involved. We do not need to be racist, if you were in EU, you can drive with UK registered car without any problem

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Lovely UK - 6-Nov-13 17:41

Tom : It may not be your fault but your car is illegal. As the driver, you are responsible for that status and you are the person who would be prosecuted in the event of an accident and who would be out of pocket/in prison in the event of an insurance claim repudiated by the insurers on the basis that the the car is illegally used and therefore uninsured.

Sounds harsh? Yes, but that is the law.

Otherwise, I agree with what you say.

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Friday Lunchtime - 16-Oct-13 17:08

I'm sorry but your desire to shop all the foreign drivers seems a little "sour grape".

For example:
- I am located in the UK for an extended period (>6 months)
- My car is on lease, therefore I do not own the vehicle title and cannot register it in the UK, without the financing bank cringing and collecting my first born's blood...
- My vehicle is registered in my home country
- My vehicle is in top shape, inspected to date (I drive 800+ miles to my home town to have it inspected every two years)
- I have liability insurance... its limit by far surpasses the amount that any of UK insurers offers for a reasonable price (GBP 1,000,000)
- I don't speed, I don't park afoul of local regulations, and I'm not an asshole on the road, unlike many UK drivers
- I am truly sorry the DVLA can't trace me - but hey, not my fault. Inasmuch I'd love to get a GB plate, I just cannot.
- I pay my daily congestion charge on the rare occasion that I need to drive to central London, even though ICGaF, since the congestion charge cameras can't associate my registration plate with me

Every day, I pass decrepit UK-registered cars, some of which have rust holes so big, that you can see the driver's crotch.

Every day, I am amazed at how badly some UK drivers drive (aggressive, inconsiderate, foolish and unsafe).

Anything to add?

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Tom - 16-Oct-13 13:22

boblet,you are an envious little pickle jar, I bet you stalk horses, and take pictures of their bum bum. you then telephone a vet dr and pretend you are a hero. you,Jethro,gow

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jo jo - 14-Oct-13 20:01

Francies . Richard Edward might be a more appropriate number plate for your moustache.

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boblet - 14-Oct-13 17:37

You despicable people you are all just jealous Why not buy a Mustang, 'cause it's a Ford it's exempt from all thus petty legislation. I own 9 or 10 'stangs (last count), and lemme tell ya, they all go like blimming rockets . They all have private plates with my name all free (Frank 1, Frank 2 etc...) Am I a jammy sod or what?

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Francies - 13-Oct-13 18:09

7. Temporary imports

You can usually use a vehicle displaying non-UK number plates, and not have to tax or register it in the UK, if:

you’re visiting the UK and don’t plan to live here
you only use the vehicle up to 6 months in a 12-month period (1 single visit, or several shorter visits adding up to a 6-month period)
the vehicle is registered and taxed in its home country

If you become a resident in the UK, you must tax and register your vehicle in the UK straight away.

Source : https://www.gov.uk/importing-vehicles-into-the-uk/temporary-imports

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Friday Lunchtime - 13-Oct-13 17:56

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