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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.



VDD Badges are now FREE

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No Payment Required!

Due to the unbelievable success we've had with sign ups since we first launched (with more people signing up for a VDD badge then we could have hoped for) we've decided to make Vehicle Data Display Badges free... that's it. No payment required!

That's right!

We promise we haven't gone mad!

So What Do You Have To Do To Get One?

There is one thing you have to do to qualify. It shouldn't take too much of your time as it's just a quick form that you need to complete to become a member. Click on the link and it should take you to our signup page, from there you'll be asked a few questions including some details about your car, not everything but things like Car Insurance dates (so we can send you those reminders!)

Once you've completed the entire form and registered your vehicle you'll be able to enjoy all of the benefits that comes with a VDD Badge such as:

  • 1 month and 1 week pre-expiry reminder e-mail/text
  • fully secure server that you can access at any time and from anywhere
  • an account under your control at all times
  • regular updates about new car legislation that can affect you.

We are so happy about this development but that doesn't mean we've stopped working on new features and we're always listening to your feedback so we can give you the product you want.

Want to tell us something? Well our Master Server and assimilated slave servers are pretty busy protecting your information as we speak so it would be quicker to chat to us on Facebook or Twitter.

And It's Definitely Free?

Yes! It's absolutely free!

You won't be asked to fill out anything else. As soon as you've entered the information required (Drivers Licence Number, Car Insurance etc) your VDD Badge will be on it's way!


Huge Surge In Clamping Sees DVLA Making Millions

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At The Cost Of The UK Driver

When VDD first started discussing the numerous changes being brought in by the DVLA we predicted a huge rise in cars clamped, cars towed through miscommunication and the DVLA benefitting from the changes financially.

Where the DVLA has failed the British Public we aim to help

According to this article from The Guardian over the weekend a staggering 100,000 cars have been towed away since the abolishment of the Paper Tax Disc. This is huge rise of 58% from the previous year.


VDD recently reported on the estimated thousands of Drivers that will be clamped because of the change.

Wales Online reported on this very problem. Focusing on Cardiff in particular the CF14 postcode area has reported double the amount of clampings have doubled. Bristol has also noticed a huge increase in clampings thanks to these new rules.

Have you had your car clamped or towed because the DVLA hasn't contacted you? Let us know.

The DVLA seem to be doing very well out of this rise making an estimated £15 million in profits. Not only that but the new regulations means that they could be receiving double the payment of tax for a car if it has been sold.

We may have already delved into the finances of the DVLA

What Is Actually Causing The Increase?

There are two main reasons for this huge increase in UK Drivers being charged and both can be directly put on the DVLA.

  1. The changes in Vehicle Tax regulations have confused many drivers. Even worse many drivers were not made aware of these important changes by the DVLA. The new regulations mean that if you buy or sell a car then you have to renew the tax on it. Whereas before the tax carried over drivers are now being asked to renew again. It's worth looking into the details as well as the new tax won't be in effect until the beginning of the next month so you could be driving your car illegally without realising for a substantial amount of time!
  2. The removal of the Paper Tax Disc. We know for some of you keeping up to date is like second nature but for many up and down the country a reminder can help a great deal. Now the DVLA is not legally required to remind you when your tax is due but claims to do so. But we all know that a letter in the post or an email that gets lost in the spam folder just does not help and that paper disc was an excellent reminder. Well now it's gone and many have now forgotten to update their tax disc because of this.

Simply put the DVLA are taking advantage of British Drivers' ignorance of rule changes when it is the DVLA's fault that such ignorance exists.

So How Can A VDD Badge Help?

There are many benefits to having a VDD Badge and fortunately many of them apply directly to this very problem.  

  • A VDD Badge will remind you when your Tax, MOT and Car Insurance are all due. And rather then a letter or one email you receive a text and an email that you are required to respond to.
  • A VDD Badge requires you to keep up to date with your details. You can easily access your details securely via our App
  • A VDD Badge tells the authorities that you are up-to-date with all of your documents for your car immediately so your car isn't wrongly towed.

So don't let the DVLA fine you for their mistakes, sign up for a free VDD Badge today.


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