Why 166 cars have been clamped in Bristol this week
Over the past week 166 cars in the Bristol area have been clamped owing to the DVLA’s recent crackdown on untaxed cars
Over the past week 166 cars in the Bristol area have been clamped owing to the DVLA’s recent crackdown on untaxed cars.
The action is being taken as part of a new DVLA campaign.
They say the message is clear to motorists: Tax it or lose it.
The DVLA is targeting areas in the country where evasion is highest.
In 2018, motorists living within the BS postcode area received 23,908 enforcement actions, from fines to clamping and removal of a vehicle.
This means the DVLA’s agents are focusing their attention on Bristol and vehicles which remain untaxed.
Penalties could include fines to court action to clamping and ultimately the loss of a car.
DVLA Head of Enforcement Tim Burton said: “This campaign has a clear message for anyone who flouts the law in this way – tax it or lose it.
“It’s never been easier to tax your car, so there really is no excuse. We would rather not have to clamp or remove vehicles, but this campaign highlights the consequences of not taxing a vehicle.
“Having your vehicle clamped is expensive and inconvenient – and you could end up losing your car.”
The campaign is running until the end of March 2019. And the agency want to notify motorists that they can go online, 24 hours a day, to tax a vehicle or check whether their vehicle tax is up to date at www.gov.uk/dvla/taxyourvehicle.
What happens if your car gets clamped?
When DVLA clamps an untaxed vehicle the motorist is charged a £100 release fee. If they cannot show the vehicle has been taxed when it is released, they will have to pay a surety fee of £160. This is refunded if the motorists can show the vehicle has been taxed within 15 days.
If the release fee is not paid within 24 hours, the DVLA impounds the vehicle and the fee rises to £200. There is also a storage charge of £21 per day.
Again, a surety fee of £160 must be paid if the motorist cannot show the vehicle has been taxed.
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