Car Clamping Has Risen Significantly Since Tax Disc Abolition

The BBC has recently reported that car clamping has risen significantly since the abolition of tax discs from 5,100 cars per month to 9,200 cars per month (approximately).

The main reason for this sudden rise is thought to be that the tax disc serves as a reminder for the motorist to pay their tax.

The penalties for failing to pay can be considerable. Possible fines include £100 clamping release fee (first day), £200 release fee if the car has to be taken to a pound, £21 per-day storage fee, £80 late licensing fee plus the cost of any unpaid duty. Furthermore, after 14 days a vehicle can be sold or scrapped.

DVLA executive Oliver Morley, said: “”The law is that you pay your tax. The vast majority pay with no problem at all.” He also confirmed that motorists do get email and postal reminders, but if the driver’s contact information isn’t up to date they could miss these reminders.

Critics of the DVLA have said that the punishment for not paying your road tax on time is extremely heavy handed. So the moral of the story is this – set a reminder on your phone to pay your road tax on time. You’ll be extremely glad that you did!

  • Justin Morgan
    Posted at 11:58h, 25 January Reply

    It’s very annoying with these clamps, especially if the car owner is in a hurry. They should think of a better system. It’s a money – making exercise!

    • Simon Levi
      Posted at 13:10h, 26 January Reply

      It’s annoying but you injure the wide public by not paying you taxes

  • Justin Morgan
    Posted at 12:02h, 15 February Reply

    Why not just bring back the tax disc on the car window?

  • David Ross
    Posted at 19:36h, 22 April Reply

    And if I buy or sell a car?!
    The road tax will no longer be transferred with the vehicle… I totally disagree!

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