'I took too much Viagra and could not leave the house': DVLA reveals the top 10 silliest excuses made for not paying road tax

One unfortunate individual fell out of a tree picking plums and broke both their arms

The DVLA has revealed its top ten silliest excuses made by people who don't pay their road tax and erectile dysfunction drug Viagra features among them.

One motorist told the vehicle licencing agency that he had been unable to leave the house to buy a tax disc because he had taken too much Viagra.

Among the other silly excuses included a car not being worth more than the tax, forgetting where a vehicle was parked, man flu and one unfortunate individual who fell out of a tree picking plums and broke both arms.

Carolyn Williams, head of digital services for the DVLA, said: "The vast majority of people tax their car on time but it amazes me to see the excuses people come up with.

"It is easier than ever before for people to tax their car and our digital services are designed to be used any time of day or night to fit in with people's lifestyles.

"There really is no need for silly excuses," she added.

The DVLA listed the 10 silliest excuses as:

1. My accountant told me I'm due a tax rebate so I didn't think I needed to pay again this year.

2. I was on my way to the Post Office to tax the car and called into the betting shop - there was a horse running at Doncaster called Don't Do It so I bet on that with my car tax money instead. It lost.

3. My mate said that if the cost of the tax is more than what the car is worth you haven't got to pay it. It's not, so I didn't.

4. I fell out of a tree picking plums and broke both my arms.

5. I took too much Viagra and couldn't leave the house.

6. I'd forgotten the motorbike was in my garage - it was hidden behind the BBQ so it's not my fault.

7. I had man flu and couldn't go to the Post Office.

8. I've been out of the country for four months and I forgot where I parked my car.

9. My dog ate the reminder.

10. My reminder on my phone didn't work so it's not my fault.

Despite the wide range of excuses, recent figures show that 99 per cent of vehicles are properly taxed or declared off road.

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