§ Mr. Waller
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is the estimated current rate of vehicle licence duty evasion; and what action he intends to take to reduce it.
§ Mrs. Chalker
The most recent survey in 1977–78 suggested that the level of evasion could be between 7 and 9 per cent.
My Department's enforcement effort has been re-organised and further measures to help step up the drive against evasion are in hand. I intend to press ahead with a programme of intensive local campaigns run in cooperation with the police. These have proved effective in dealing with evaders and encouraging voluntary licensing.