How many TAs are on the road in the UK?

I have been doing some research to arrive at the answer. It is not going to be accurate down to the last car, but it will be at least as good as we can get.

The research is extremely time consuming, so results will have to be published over the following two issues of TTT 2. However, the first tranche of results may give us an indication of the possible end result in terms of numbers and percentages.

The research method is to trawl the MGCC ‘T’ Register’s TA database and exclude any non-UK cars. Where a chassis number and corresponding registration number is shown, the registration number is then cross referenced to the DVLA enquiry facility and the car will be either shown as:

  • Taxed
  • Untaxed
  • Not taxed for road use
  • SORN

(or won’t be shown at all i.e. is not known to DVLA).

Some explanation of the above categories is required as follows:

SORN stands for Statutory Off Road Notification. It was introduced on 31st January 1998 to deter vehicle excise (car tax) evasion. Any car for which a SORN declaration has been made will not be on the road.

The ‘untaxed’ and ‘not taxed for road use’ categories are exempt from SORN because they were not taxed at the time of its introduction and have not been taxed since. I have written to DVLA for an explanation of the difference between the two. Any car in any of these two categories will not be on the road.

Cars in the ‘not shown’ category are not known to DVLA. It is likely that some, and possibly, quite a few exist. These are vehicles which for one reason or another were not notified by owners to the DVLA when the central vehicle record was being set up. Going back in time, it was feared that these would not be able to be registered and put on the road. However, through the good offices of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) agreement has been reached with DVLA whereby classic car clubs can, by adhering to strict criteria, certify entitlement to registration as and when the cars are ready for the road (many have been lying dormant for several years and need to be re-commissioned, often by means of a full restoration). Sadly, many owners will die, leaving the car unfinished.

For the purpose of this exercise, only cars which are currently known to DVLA (whether taxed, untaxed, not taxed for road use or on SORN) have been included to arrive at an auditable figure of cars which are actually in existence. If owners have been through the process to get their car on the DVLA central computer there is a good chance that the car actually exists.

A separate listing of cars by chassis number which are not known to DVLA is included at the end of the list of cars known to DVLA in this issue of TTT 2 and will be included in subsequent lists in the December 2021 and February 2022 issues.

I need to acknowledge the help and support of Stewart Penfound in this exercise. Stewart is the Registrar of the ‘T’ Register of the MGCC for the TABC models and is dedicated to the cause of tracing these cars, wherever they may be.

In his quest to find them all, he currently has 281 TAs listed by registration number which do not appear on the MGCC ‘T’ Register’s TA database as their chassis numbers are unknown. These ‘cars’ (some may not exist) have been identified from photos, for sale advertisements, etc, etc. It is possible that this list may be whittled down as the exercise proceeds, but in any case, the list will be published at the end of the exercise.

An interesting by-product of this exercise is the DVLA information on engine cubic capacity. Whilst this information is only as good as that received by DVLA (so some information may be wrong because owners have not updated it) it should give a broad indication of the types of engine fitted e.g.

1141cc XPJM, 1250cc XPAG, 1292cc MPJG.

What follows are details in respect of chassis numbers TA0251 to TA 0987 (TA0251 not shown as it is not in the UK):

Chassis           Registration    Engine On the road?

0252                CJO 617          1141    SORN

0266                DRF 575         1293    Taxed

0267                JB 9446           1345    Untaxed

0272                JB 9449           1141    N/T for road

0275                JB 9447           1141    Taxed

0276                NJ 9704          1250    Taxed

0279                CYY 800         1350    Taxed

0280                DUB 219         1124    N/T for road

0282                CAH 637         1250    Taxed

0283                CNF 4             1290    Untaxed

0291                JV 4917           1290    Taxed

0298                JB 9444           1141    Taxed

0299                BTB 670          1292    Untaxed

0302                JM 2751          1141    Untaxed

0305                JB 9842           948      Taxed

0309                CYT 610          1292    SORN

0312                BUR 754         1292    Untaxed

0314                HG 4679         1250    Taxed

0318                MG 4881         1350    N/T for road

0319                DLG 849         1250    Taxed

0335                DTN 488         1250    Taxed

0336                ADA 764         1292    Taxed

0338                312 UXE         1292    SORN

0341                DVX 402         1292    Taxed

0342                AHR 703         1141    N/T for road

0346                BKV 67            1292    Taxed

0352                MG 4950         1292    Taxed

0358                EPE 104          1250    Taxed

0360                673 MMG        1141    Taxed

0361                EPJ 338          1141    Taxed

0364                DCD 17           1292    Taxed

0366                RV 9688          1292    Untaxed

0367                CRB 539         1292    Taxed

0375                BDF 315          1000    Taxed

0381                FPB 91            1141    Untaxed

0382                YJ 4012           1292    Untaxed

0390                CKB 433         1292    Taxed

0393                MG 6303         1292    Taxed

0397                SSV 873          10        N/T for road

0404                CWE 398        1292    Taxed

0408                DCD 144         10        Taxed

0411                CFY 548          1141    Taxed

0417                CWE 399        1000    Untaxed

0418                DGH 23           1141    Taxed

0421                CBP 961         1250    Untaxed

0427                ACY 496         1141    Taxed

0428                DXD 910         1250    Untaxed

0437                ABL 67            1141    Untaxed

0439                DGY 858         1292    N/T for road

0446                JN 8235          1141    Taxed

0452                SO 5643          1141    Untaxed

0455                CHY 605         1249    Untaxed

0456                FPG 357         1141    Taxed

0457                SH 5351          1141    N/T for road

0463                JI 6976            1999    Taxed

0467                CKF 519          1300    Untaxed

0469                BTC 998          1292    Untaxed

0470                BDF 323          1292    N/T for road

0471                FPD 737          1141    Taxed

0472                CKB 526         1141    Taxed

0475                MG 4582         1292    Taxed

0481                CBP 345         1250    Taxed

0484                MSU 807         1250    SORN

0487                MG 7250         1292    Taxed

0488                MG 4851         1250    Untaxed

0489                MG 5209         1141    Untaxed

0490                KS 7221          1141    Untaxed

0492                CCV 374         1141    Taxed

0502                YXG 371         1292    Taxed

0506                CBP 536         1141    N/T for road

0507                BYD 526         1141    Taxed

0513                AWO 998        1250    Taxed

0529                SL 2352          1292    Untaxed

0532                JN 7931          1141    Taxed

0537                ARX 997         1292    SORN

0548                AJB 43            1292    Taxed

0549                ADA 796         1141    Taxed

0551                FPH 918          1141    N/T for road

0552                BVE 469          1141    Taxed

0554                EPF 290          1292    Taxed

0560                NAS 295         600      Taxed

0574                DT 8070          1250    Taxed

0578                JUM 2             1292    Taxed

0591                DGK 87           1141    Taxed

0605                DWB 124        1141    N/T for road

0607                AFS 866          1292    Taxed

0619                MG 4959         1292    Taxed

0620                AGA 383         1141    N/T for road

0622                AGA 381         1150    N/T for road

0624                BAB 938          1250    Untaxed

0632                BTC 943          1292    SORN

0633                EZ 4679          1141    Taxed

0634                MG 5605         1292    Taxed

0635                CBJ 84            1292    SORN

0645                UXS 162         1250    SORN

0654                BNP 865         1292    SORN

0655                DUG 710         1141    Untaxed

0656                CKC 605         1292    N/T for road

0664                EMX 116         1250    Untaxed

0668                EPF 487          1292    Taxed

0679                AGB 188         1250    Taxed

0682                EMK 850         1292    Taxed

0688                EPL 777          1500    N/T for road

0697                DXP 546         1292    Taxed

0717                RN 6064          1292    Taxed

0719                EPG 325         1172    N/T for road

0720                COL 771         1250    Taxed

0728                MG 5225         1250    Taxed

0729                FPA 810          1141    Untaxed

0736                EP 6633          2390    Taxed

0744                YWG 356        1250    Taxed

0746                AGB 240         1292    Taxed

0748                JU 9626          1292    Taxed

0758                358 UXM         1290    Untaxed

0774                ETW 985         1141    SORN

0777                AV 8776          1250    N/T for road

0779                DEL 973          1141    Untaxed

0783                AJU 211          1200    Taxed

0785                EHK 186         1140    Taxed

0789                IB 6797            1292    SORN

0793                BTD 804          1292    N/T for road

0797                CKF 222          980      Taxed

0799                CFY 820          1292    Taxed

0812                BAK 822          1292    Taxed

0821                BDF 906          1292    Taxed

0822                HD 6172          1250    Untaxed

0824                MG 5104         1141    Taxed

0833                DGH 173         1200    Untaxed

0844                BTG 855         998      N/T for road

0847                COM 745        1124    Taxed

0852                BDG 589         1141    N/T for road

0853                361 CYD         1498    Taxed

0856                GFO 164         1141    Untaxed

0859                BTD 806          1250    Taxed

0865                ASC 468         1290    Taxed

0873                BTD 810          1292    Taxed

0875                CON 971         1292    Taxed

0876                BAH 861         1141    Taxed

0877                EMX 212         1133    N/T for road

0878                LXS 604          1250    Untaxed

0880                ST 8907          1141    N/T for road

0881                CYD 533         1292    Taxed

0885                ELH 238          1141    Taxed

0887                AMJ 131          1292    Taxed

0905                CVO 553         1141    Taxed

0908                FPD 986          1141    Taxed

0919                MG 5307         1141    Taxed

0923                AGD 739         1292    N/T for road

0932                ABL 962          1141    Taxed

0934                ABL 964          1292    Taxed

0935                ABL 965          1292    Untaxed

0939                BCY 223         1250    Taxed

0943                DDH 900         1141    SORN

0952                233 VPK          1250    SORN

0967                EZ 5745          1296    Untaxed

0986                DUM 603         1292    Untaxed

0987                AGE 986         1295    Untaxed

The foregoing completes the listing of all known chassis numbers with their corresponding registration number from Stewart Penfound’s database, which can be identified from the DVLA enquiry facility. As previously intimated, this is ‘Part One’ of the TA listing and takes in the first 750 chassis numbers (TA0251 to TA1000). The December TTT2 will take in chassis numbers TA1001 to 2000 and the February 2022 TTT 2 will take in the remaining chassis numbers (TA2001 to TA3253).

I am not claiming that the listing accounts for every single TA in the UK (for the first 750 chassis numbers) which is live on the DVLA computer, but I would not be surprised (and I would be delighted!) if a couple more turn up.

A separate listing of TA chassis numbers with their corresponding registration number (for the first 750 chassis numbers) in respect of cars NOT known to DVLA is provided after the following brief analysis.

Of the 157 TAs listed;

87 are Taxed (55.4% of total)

57 are Untaxed or Not Taxed for road use (36.3%)

13 are on SORN (8.3% of total).

Please bear in mind that this is early days, and of the total TA production of 3003 cars, only the databases covering the first 750 cars have been interrogated (says he with a groan at the size of the task still to be completed!).

Predicting the end result for cars which are taxed and on the road is fraught with difficulty as there are a number of variables. However, I’d be disappointed with a total of less than 300 and ecstatic if the total exceeded 350. We will just have to wait and see, but the results coming out of the next analysis (chassis numbers 1001 to 2000) should enable a more accurate prediction.

The listing of cars by chassis number and registration number NOT known to DVLA which follows, will help Stewart with his records if owners come forward to confirm that their car is still in existence. The records in respect of some of these cars date right back to the 1980s and there is the possibility that some may have been scrapped (at least one TA is known to have been scrapped – not included in the listing) or exported.

TAs with chassis numbers in the 01251 to 1000 range NOT known to DVLA

Chassis number        Registration number

0264                            JK 6000

0270                            EPC 678

0277                            BRK 509

0290                            CPP 736

0295                            HV 7913

0321                            ADA 202

0328                            EPD 641

0358                            WXG 492

0388                            DGJ 853

0332                            JB 9445

0405                            ABL 39

0426                            DBH 245

0478                            DGF 786

0482                            DUB 804

0499                            DLA 676

0536                            DLP 440

0569                            MG 4917

0575                            DKL 667

0576                            DKN 915

0577                            EPE 704

0609                            MG 4951

0637                            DYW 246

0660                            UD 8580

0673                            DLD 834

0680                            HMV 570

0684                            BFD 271

0732                            RD 9263

0735                            BG 4947

0742                            FMC 539

0772                            DWL 949

0792                            ADC 374

0800                            CRU 336

0801                            BTD 805

0802                            DLB 537

0803                            DKA 75

0807                            ASC 789

0869                            BTD 808

0870                            BTD 809

0882                            ENK 850

0809                            COP 684

0901                            ARV 737

0902                            CWJ 961

0922                            BTD 811

0931                            ABL 961

0933                            ABL 963

0960                            ABL 960

0961                            BP 411

0962                            DKT 839

0967                            EZ 5745

0978                            FPH 578

0984                            DTA 761

0985                            EPK 448

Please send any information regarding either of the lists to me (John James) jj(at)ttypes.org [please substitute @ for (at)]. I will pass any received on to Stewart Penfound.

Finally, a note of explanation for our non-UK readers. DVLA stands for Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. It is a Government Agency (not a Government Department, but similar to one) that operates the central licensing system for drivers’ licences and vehicle licences.

Vehicle registration (the licensing system) was originally operated by Local Government offices until it was centralised in 1974, with the DVLA progressively taking over this work and installing the records on to the central computer in Swansea, Wales.

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