i can't believe how uninformed the majority of you are
i can't help but laugh at some of the posts on this thread. it just goes to show the average person's ignorance of the law is staggering. and no, i don't work for the DVLA before you bleat about that too...but i have had extensive experience in the automotive industry.
so in no particular order;
the requirement to declare your vehicle off the road is enshrined in the vehicle excise and registration act and the road vehicle licensing regulations. it's not DVLA's legal requirement, it's the government's.
the DVLA is merely an executive agency tasked with fulfilling those tasks deemed necessary by the above two laws. it wouldn't make a difference if the tasks performed by DVLA were done by tesco or virgin or any other organisation; they'd still have to comply with the law's requirements.
the law puts the onus on YOU, the registered keeper to comply with those requirements, including ensuring that the information is received by DVLA, i.e. phone them up and check they've got it if you don't receive a confirmation letter.
as for some of the other drivel on here "having to unsorn my car and then tax it" blah blah... you can't un-sorn a car... you get rid of a sorn by buying road tax. idiot.
the reason not all scrapyards have the facility to electronically notify DVLA of a vehicle's destruction is that this facility is only available to Authorised Treatment Facilities (authorised by the environment agency, not the DVLA)... when your car goes in to an ATF it cannot legally leave that facility. it must be broken down, de-polluted and to the largest extent possible, recycled.. when you put your car in to steptoe and son's garage that can issue MOT certificates there's nothing to say that they can't just sell it on to some traveler.
@ the AC bleating about the data protection act; the vehicle database isn't governed by the data protection act, it's a semi-private register used for the purpose of law enforcement and other permissible activities as defined by the prev. two laws; giving your info to a car parking firm if you are alleged to have caused an offence is a permissible activity... let me put it this way; if you parked your car on my drive would you prefer i have the opportunity to get my solicitor on your case because i can find out who you are and where you live or would you simply prefer i set fire to your car?
@ the moron bleating about an 0870 number;
they use an 0300 number which is free of charge from most landline providing companies and some mobile providers... given that it costs a damn site more than £8.7 million pounds a year to staff a call centre capable of dealing with the majority of your moronic enquiries i feel it incumbent upon me to point out that i would rather you pay for your own enquiry via phonecall when you can't figure out something that's written in black and white in plain english on a form they have provided you as opposed to me the taxpayer having to fund a freephone number for you to call because you're too thick to read.
@anton ivanov; anyone can tax their car from the 5th of the month in which it's due. not the 15th. it hasn't been the 15th for over 5 years. furthermore; if you have circumstances that would prevent you taxing your car because say, like you, you were out of the country, you can tax it up to two months in advance... and if that's not good enough there are plenty of other ways around it... but wait? what's that in your car window? why it's a little bit of paper that tells you exactly when your tax is due??? well i never!? instead of bleating about it, why aren't you aware when your car tax runs out? why didn't you do something about it in sufficient time....
as for why why you have to have a reference number to tax your car; if you just had the registration number then you vastly increase the chance of you taxing the wrong car... true fact; of over 50,000 people surveyed in a recent motoring survey less than 30% know their own registration number....
i know what a fabulous idea, let's combine the ability to pay your £200+ car tax with your ability for you to tax your last car/wife's care/car whose registration number you think is yours.... by mistake... oh wait... you want your money back because you taxed the wrong car by accident....? get a grip. oh wait... let's just invent this safeguard that you need two pieces of information to tax your car, not just one to protect you from your own stupidity....oh hang on... they did that already.
gah. i can't even be bothered any more.
i tell you what... let's see some of you nerds who sit behind your desk all day playing solitaire do better... everyone makes mistakes... we're all human.... i would be willing to bet the number of mistakes the DVLA make on a daily basis compared to the number of transactions they operate is pathetically small... i would in fact bet the number of mistakes they make is waaaay less than your average private sector organisation..
i think what you'll probably find here is the people who have posted on this thread, with the exception of myself and a couple of others are the type of people who can't/won't/don't read forms, who flout the law in ways many and varied... who when they have a problem and do genuinely need to speak to someone pick up the phone and shout and scream as opposed to politely and calmly asking for help and advice....oh and most likely of all, they probably want do DO something about their problem when it's already become a problem, not when they could have prevented it becoming so.