Be taxed – if not beware !
Be taxed or beware

Be taxed or beware

Have you forgotten to renew your road tax or declare a SORN (Statutory Off Road Declaration) and remove your  car from the public highway?

If your car is neither taxed nor SORNed, it could turn out to be an expensive omission.

The vehicle pictured above in the South Tameside area, was just one left clamped and immobilised recently, after  being discovered by a passing Driving Vehicle Licensing Authority vehicle.

The DVLA’s clamping contractor partner NSL, patrols the roads and streets of the UK  and makes up part of the day-to-day enforcement of immobilising untaxed vehicles that are parked on a public highway.

The vehicles are fitted with ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) equipment and can identify untaxed vehicles simply from scanning  their registration  plates.

NSL officers can wheel clamp or impound any untaxed vehicles seen on the road, as they did to the car in the picture above, despite it being parked near to the owners home.

The DVLA says it operates a range of measures to make vehicle tax easy to pay and hard to avoid, including online vehicle taxing and Direct Debit.

The department says: “We also continue to send  reminder letters to vehicle keepers, which is why it is so important they notify DVLA of a change of address or keeper.

“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.”

“Clamping is one of a range of measures we use to make sure these untaxed vehicles are not driven on the road.

“Where we clamp an untaxed vehicle the motorist will have to pay a release fee of £100 and, if they cannot show that the vehicle has been taxed, a surety fee of £160.

The surety fee is refunded if the motorist is able to show that the vehicle has been taxed within 15 days of the vehicle’s release.

If the release fee has not been paid within 24 hours then we’ll impound the vehicle.

The release fee will then rise to £200 and there will be a storage charge of £21 per day. Again, a surety fee of £160 must be paid if the motorist cannot show that the vehicle has been taxed.

The DVLA denied that there was a blitz on in the area but

So it seems like a question of beware or be poor, taxing your vehicle in time is certainly cheaper than falling foul of the DVLA clampers and they are driving around in our area now.

Remember if a vehicle is declared a SORN it must be kept off the road, on private land.

Further information on taxing a vehicle is available on www.gov.uk/vehicle-tax