Cars clamped in DVLA tax crackdown
CLAMPS were fixed on to 12 vehicles in the Frampton Cotterell area by contractors working for the DVLA.
The cars were targeted for not having up to date vehicle tax over a six-day period as part of an ongoing campaign by the agency. Its partner firm NSL clamps or impounds any untaxed vehicles spotted on the roads as part of a range of enforcement measures.
The clamping took place between December 2 and 7, and drivers faced paying a hefty bill before they could use them again.
A spokesperson for Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency said: “While the vast majority of vehicles on the road are taxed correctly, it is right that we take action against those who don’t tax their vehicles and then drive them - otherwise it wouldn’t be fair to those who do the right thing.
“We don’t need to spot a vehicle on the road to take enforcement action but if we do, wheel clamping is an effective way to make sure that an untaxed vehicle is not driven on the road.
“It’s never been easier to tax your car – it’s just a few clicks to do it online and you can do it 24 hours a day, you can also spread payments across the year by Direct Debit so there really is no excuse.
"Having your vehicle clamped is expensive and inconvenient. Don’t take the risk – tax it or lose it.”
All vehicle owners are sent tax reminders by post to let them know it’s time to pay.
When a car is clamped, the motorist must pay a release fee of £100, and if they are unable to prove that the vehicle is now taxed then a surety fee of £160 is charged. The surety fee is refunded if the motorist can provide evidence of tax being paid within 15 days of the release of their vehicle.
If the release fee isn’t paid, the vehicle is impounded, with further costs to pay. The release fee rises to £200 and there is also a storage charge of £21 per day. A surety fee of £160 is again due if the owner can’t prove that the vehicle has been taxed.
When a vehicle is declared off the road (SORN), it must be kept on private land.
Further information on taxing a vehicle can be found via www.gov.uk/vehicle-tax.