Drivers may intentionally fail to get this paperwork sorted due to a lack of finance or lack of time. However, in many cases road users may simply forget their policy is due and fail to get it renewed in time.
Car tax changes introduced in 2014 saw the old paper tax disc scrapped which could add to the issue of motorists forgetting to renew.
Paper discs used to be displayed on car windscreen with a visual date reminder of when the disc ended and tax was due.
The new paperless system relies on drivers to remember the date their agreement ends or face heavy penalties.
To aid drivers who are unsure of when this is due, a similar system has therefore been put into place through GOV.UK’s ‘Check if a vehicle is taxed’ online service.
This tool will help drivers to find out whether a vehicle has up-to-date tax or has been registered as off-the-road (SORN).
Drivers without a valid car tax agreement will be flagged on the system and an automated letter and £80 fine will be sent to your address.
This can be reduced by 50 percent if the fine is paid within 28 days although can rise in some cases.
Failure to pay the charges could see motorists prosecuted where fines can increase to a massive £1,000.
The DVLA can also clamp vehicles who do not have valid car tax in place and can impound them in some extreme cases.
Those without an MOT test certificate will also be charged up to £1,000 but costs can rise even further in some cases.
If you drive a vehicle which is considered to be in a dangerous condition, police officers could issue charges as high as £2,500.