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DVLA Could Have Easily Avoided £200m Slump

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Our resident expert Michael Cross has, quite rightly, made the pages of the Evening Standard sharing his thoughts on the failure of securing income via vehicle tax. He reveals the outrageous behaviour of the DVLA and how they are a victim of their own stupidity.

We discussed the issue yesterday at great length, the DVLA have lost money (when they claimed that they wouldn't) because people aren't being held accountable. And because of the hardships that comes with trying to keep up with all of the new rules and regulations that the DVLA keeps slipping in.

Finally in print he writes, "It was predictable that the vehicle tax update would fall after the abolition of the paper tax disc but it was also avoidable. The DVLA has been offered a replacement paper disc system by commercial providers." That's right, WE OFFERED OUR SMART DISC TECHNOLOGY FOR FREE to work in partnership to provide a solution to those that WANT the paper tax disc.

But they rejected the offer to work together and after numerous meetings they then 'come up' with the idea of moving the driving licence online. What a shock as it's another service we've been working on and is now available on Android (and iOS soon!).

But no. The DVLA would prefer to tax the honest drivers and make life easier for the crooks.


It is in the interest of the Government and the administrators of the DVLA to use a FREE Vehicle Smart Disk for the good of all road users.

People are starting to realise! The DVLA should share our interest in helping us to provide a service that benefits all. The public should be given a choice and they should be rewarded for trying to be honest drivers. Time and time again we have offered to work WITH the DVLA to help UK drivers who wish to keep a form of the paper tax disc on their cars.

Who wish to prove with ease that they are legal, responsible drivers. Who wish to stay up to date but find it hard to keep track of the multiple letters from multiple sources (some of which never get sent out).

Instead they want to close off the information whilst selling it on to a 3rd party, thieving, parking companies. Instead they want to make life hard and confusing so honest drivers are the ones that get fined. (Anyone else find it strange that they want to move online but only send our PAPER reminders?!).

The DVLA say that they send out reminders but really they don't. We know from an inside source that they only send out a tiny fraction of the reminders they claim are sent out!  This is because legally THEY DO NOT HAVE TO.


And if they do, it's a paper reminder to the majority of drivers and let's be honest that makes no sense when they are so hell bent on moving everything online.

Why do they send you a paper reminder? So you forget about it.

That's why we created our Smart Disc Technology. To help people remember, to keep them updated, and to give them the power to prove that they are 100% up to date and legal.

Enough is enough. We'll provide the solutions that the DVLA should be providing for FREE.



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UK Driving News From VDD

Another week, another wealth of car news stories to fill our blog pages.

The UK (and the DVLA) never seems to disappoint when it comes to interesting and sometimes, ridiculous, Car based antics. As always the VDD Team has selected the top three that we think you, the honest UK Driver, will find both enjoyable and helpful.

This week we're also introducing a quick reminder segment where we'll feature a tip that we think you should have a look into to save you time and hassle later on! 

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So without further ado...

Compulsory first-aid training as part of driving test is proposed in bid to 'save hundreds of lives'

Tory MP Will Quince believes his plan would help people at accident scenes and also illustrates to new drivers the dangers of speeding and reckless driving.

A BID to make all new drivers undertake four hours of practical first-aid training as part of their driving test has the 'potential to save hundreds of lives' the Tory MP behind the move has said.

Read more here

Driving First Aid

Woman caught driving with tree stuck in car (We just had to put this one in here, you'll understand when you see the size of the tree)

We visit the USA for this one.

(Unfortunately however those in the USA can't take advantage of this)

A woman is facing a court appearance after being filmed driving a car with a tree wedged into its front.

Police in Roselle, Illinos, said the tree was thought to be around 15ft tall.

The footage, captured in January, has recieved thousands of likes and shares on the police departments Facebook page after it was posted this week.

You can find out more here.

Tree Car

Brum star John Highton driven around the bend by court letters from bungling DVLA officials.

'They mistook his scooter for an illegal white van - and threatened him with court action.

Actor John Highton, 51, who appeared on the show 'Brum', has been plagued with annoying letters from the DVLA - the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

It seems that cars don't just have minds of their own on telly... or at least that's what happens when it comes to the agency not checking their records properly.'

Read all about the madness here.

Brum DVLA Madness

VDD Driver Reminder!

Don't forget that when you pay to tax your new car it's not valid until the beginning of the next month. So if you drive it before then you could be fined as technically you're not taxed!

That's it for now! Do you have any stories or reminders that you think we should talk about?!

Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

- VDD The Honest Driver's Friend


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UK Driving News From VDD

Is it just us or is this year going a bit too fast? It's almost March!

It could be because we're so busy here at Vehicle Data Display working on features that will revolutionise the way you drive and look after your car! But we can't reveal too much yet...

The only way to find out before anyone else to sign up for one of our free badges (although we're not sure why you haven't yet anyway!)

It's a mixture of good and bad news for the British driver this week! I mean it's not as good news as our newest feature being nearly ready. Let us know if you have any other stories of interest!

Are Private Parking Firms Using The DVLA To Fleece Drivers?

"Private parking companies are requesting hundreds of thousands more drivers' details from the DVLA than two years ago, prompting calls to ensure motorists are not being "fleeced" with "hidden or unclear" penalties."

Yorkshire Post article


Ford Planes To Triple Its Investment in Self-Driving Cars In The Next 5 Years

"Ford CEO Mark Fields laid out the automaker's plan to differentiate its cars of the future from models that tech giants like Google and Apple are building. To get there, Ford is tripling its investment in both autonomous and driver-assisted technology over the next five years."

Adweek article

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Are You Still Fit Enough To Drive? Elderly Risking Fines By Not Declaring Illness

"More than a million older motorists are risking fines and even prosecution by failing to disclose serious medical conditions."

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What do you think? Will self-driving cars be here sooner than expected?

Should elderly drivers retake their driving test or at least should they be encouraged to come forward with ailments that could affect their driving

Are you one of the millions who forget to renew their Tax, MoT and Car Insurance because life moves at a million miles an hour?

We have the answer to at least one of those questions...

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