§ Mr. Gregory Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action has been taken to reduce the number of vehicles being driven on Northern Ireland's roads without road tax; and how many prosecutions have resulted in the past 12 months as a result of enforcement action. 828W
§ Angela Smith
A range of measures is in place to tackle Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax) evasion in Northern Ireland, including ongoing detection by the police and traffic wardens, wheel clamping; Automated Number Plate Reading cameras; Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN); and special joint exercises by DVLNI, PSNI and Her Majesty's Customs and Excise.
The most recent period for which enforcement information is available is the year from 1 June 2002 to 31 May 2003. In that year enforcement action was taken against 15,171 offenders. 13,281 settled out of court and 1,890 were prosecuted in court.