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Following tax discs being abolished in 2014, DVLA are now clamping 9,000 vehicles every month!!!

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The following is from the BBC News today:

 

Clamping of cars for non-payment of vehicle tax has soared since the paper tax disc was scrapped two years ago.

 

Figures obtained by BBC News through a Freedom of Information request show an 80% rise to more than 9,000 clampings a month.

 

The DVLA says it has stepped up enforcement to send a message to drivers that they have to pay.

 

The big increase in clamping has coincided with the DVLA farming out the work to a private firm, NSL, whose job is to scour each UK postcode area twice a year for untaxed vehicles.

 

Its 75 clamping vans are equipped with cameras and the DVLA's database. They can identify the non-payers by checking number plates as they drive by.

 

"The law is that you pay your tax," says the DVLA's chief executive, Oliver Morley, "The vast majority pay with no problem at all."

 

But there seems little doubt that the big increase in clampings is partly the result of people forgetting to pay without the paper tax disc to jog their memory.

 

The data obtained by BBC News through a Freedom of Information request shows that there were 5,100 a month over the six months up to October, 2014, when the disc was abolished.

 

However, in the latest six months, up to October this year, the average shot up to 9,200 a month.

 

 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4057088/Car-clampings-double-tax-discs-axed.html

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The abolition of the paper tax disc has had very serious repercussions for other sectors as well.

 

With a paper disc on display, there was the obvious visible reminder that road fund licence was due at a certain date and it was commonly at this stage, that many people realised that they needed to also update their V5C with their new address.

 

Additionally, if the road fund licence had been purchased online and the paper tax disc did not arrive in the post within 5 days, the vehicle owner would contact DVLA and more likely than not, be advised by them that the tax disc had been dispatched.....but sent to a previous address. This in itself, would have also acted as a reminder to the vehicle owner that he needed to update his V5C (Log Book) with DVLA to show his new address.

 

With so many people overlooking updating their V5C with DVLA, I am coming across an incredible number of enquiries from people being subjected to bailiff enforcement in relation to local authority issued penalty charge notices and Dart Charges where all notices had been sent to a previous address. The only way in which this situation can be resolved is by way of Out of Time witness statements.

 

Another area affected by the failure to update the Log Book (V5C) is with speeding offences where once again, all notices from the police and the court had been sent to a previous address. These enquiries, which I receive a huge number of, can only be rectified by attending the Magistrates Court for a Statutory Declaration hearing.

 

The public need to be aware that when they move address, they must update their driving licence AND update their V5C (Log Book).

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Sort of relevant and staying on topic.

 

Since the changes came in I pay my car tax by direct debit each month. Now what happens after 12 months, do DVLA continue with that monthly arrangement or does the registered keeper have to instruct DVLA to take a further 12 monthly payments?

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I think it is continuous, on the DD

I had an email with the new payment schedule,

I do not know if registared keepers are informed if they pay once a year.

 

 

Leakie

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I wonder how many of these clamped vehicles are on the £0 tax band, where you still have to go through the process but you don't pay anything.

Wouldn't be simpler for these vehicles to be exempt completely rather than having to apply for a £0 road tax every year with the risk of forgetting and having the car clamped?

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I wonder how many of these clamped vehicles are on the £0 tax band, where you still have to go through the process but you don't pay anything.

Wouldn't be simpler for these vehicles to be exempt completely rather than having to apply for a £0 road tax every year with the risk of forgetting and having the car clamped?

 

Imagine the NSL guy holding a clamp with one hand, scratching his head with another wondering how to apply the clamp to that large mobility scooter on "Q" plates......

 

Seriously aren't the large 8 mph "Road Going" ones also VED exempt but must be registered and in effect taxed?


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Imagine the NSL guy holding a clamp with one hand, scratching his head with another wondering how to apply the clamp to that large mobility scooter on "Q" plates......

 

Seriously aren't the large 8 mph "Road Going" ones also VED exempt but must be registered and in effect taxed?

 

LOL 🤣

I was referring to low emission vehicles like vw lupo, Citroen c1, fiat 500 etc under the threshold for emissions.

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LOL ��

I was referring to low emission vehicles like vw lupo, Citroen c1, fiat 500 etc under the threshold for emissions.

Yes I realised that, and don't forget the Classics with a rolling exemption, and Motability vehicles.I was just trying to 'ave a larf! Those scooters do need to have valid zero rate VED on them, so a daft NSL guy or gal just might try it on if they have their Jobsworth hat on.


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I suppose that the list of no taxed vehicles is computer generated, so the clamper would not care about anything else rather than the vehicle is on the list.

Just re-read your joke about clamping a mobility scooter ☺

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Getting a bit concerned now,

even though I had an email with payment plan

DVLA have not taken the DD

DD is active,

may be this is why people are getting caught out.

Happy New year to everyone

 

Leakie

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daughter just got a letter regarding her insurance or so the DVLA says lack of it. effing nuisance to have to dig out credit card statements then get onto 2 insurance co's to get proof it was paid and effective at all times and then get on phone to DVLA to argue the point about their incorrect records. Turns out that previous insurer hadnt just accepted that business taken elsewhere, when new insurer contacted them for proof of no claims they told DVLA that vehicle was no longer insured and didnt mention that another co was now the insurer.

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Mine went out OK yesterday.


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Hi all

Panic over

 

I called the DVLA

because it was a renewal of road tax, there was a delay as they check for valid MOT etc

also because of the bank holidays over the festive period,

DD will come out tomorrow.

I just do not trust capita

they will do anything to extort extra money.

 

Leakie

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I set up DD with DVLA 2015.

Although DVLA confirmed in a letter DD was set up, DVLA has never requested payment from my bank.

Thinking my car was taxed, and having assurance DVLA would take payment, DVLA has not requested/taken payment.

Car wasn't therefore taxed, and discovered a wheel clamp on my car and fined £216.

Currently replying to DVLA saying it's their fault.

Why? Because the DD wording from DVLA says exactly 'you do not have to do anything'.

Fuming.

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of your own

 

 

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