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Drivers Discover High Cost of Not Buying Car Tax

Posted: 14/07/2007 11:48:56

Several Gloucester drivers are paying the high price of not buying their car tax following a successful operation by the Barton Street Safer Community Team and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

During Operation Dodgem, a Police Constable, five Police Community Support Officers and two DVLA representatives scoured the Linden, Barton, Tredworth and Matson areas for vehicles not displaying a valid tax disc.

Sixteen such illegal motorists were discovered and their vehicles were clamped. A few drivers then quickly paid the release fee but the majority were towed away. Their owners are now having to fork out a far heftier sum than the tax would have cost them to get them back.

Warning that similar checks would be carried out on a regular basis, PCSO Jeremy Sansom who organised the operation said: "Untaxed vehicles were causing concern to members of the community, they highlighted it to us and we acted on that.

"You will be caught if you don't buy tax and it's a much cheaper option to pay up in the first place than to be faced with a big bill and the inconvenience of having to manage without your vehicle until it's released."

Any untaxed vehicle found on a public road may be clamped by a DVLA wheelclamping contractor. It will only be released on payment of £80 and the production of a tax disc. If a tax disc can't be produced, a surety of £120 for a car or motorcycle or up to £600 for other vehicles is demanded, this sum is forfeited if a disc is not produced within two weeks.

Untaxed vehicles may also be towed away and impounded. The release fee for impounded vehicles is £160 and on top of that there is a storage charge of £15 per day. A valid tax disc or surety payment is also required before impounded vehicles can be released.

Unclaimed vehicles may be crushed after seven days.

Owners of untaxed vehicles also face prosecution with fines of up to £1,000 plus the back tax owed and court costs.

Clamping vans patrolling the streets are all fitted with Automatic Number Plate Reader technology which checks every vehicle they pass against the DVLA's list of untaxed ones.

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