There’s nothing worse than getting your car clamped, especially if it happens to be for the first time. Dealing with this issue seems to have become an increasing problem on British streets however. More and more people seem to be getting clamped!
Shocking new figures have shown a huge 60% rise in the number of cars being clamped on our roads. The first three months of this year saw the rise compared to the same period last year. Why are so many more cars being clamped? The rise is being put down to the change in taxing.
The increase has been blamed on the switch from regular paper tax discs to digital tax discs. Cars no longer have to display a paper disc on the dashboard, instead, everything is done online since earlier this year. But there have been a few issues in the transition and problems with the system that haven’t quite been ironed out properly yet. The problem is due to a car’s tax disc being cancelled as soon as it is sold. So once the details have been put on the system and payment made, everything seems to disappear!
New owners are required to buy a replacement digital tax disc immediately or face being caught out, clamped and fined. Something that’s been hitting drivers all over the country. Here are more of the statistics: In the first 3 months of 2015, more than 25,000 cars were clamped because of this glitch in the system (which we hope they are trying to fix as quickly as possible!)
Here’s the bad news: The fine to release the car once it’s been clamped is £100. Drivers have only 24 hours to do this to avoid the car being towed away and incurring further release fees and storage charges. The car might even be scrapped if they do not claim it within a week of it being clamped.
There are ways to avoid this happening in the first place. Here are a few tips from Want Driving Lessons on how to avoid trouble: Check and double check your tax is up-to-date at all times. Once you have paid the tax, keep the reference number you are given along with any other details at the time of purchase. Also call or email to check that all your details have gone through and have been registered properly.
Keeping tabs on any changes you make will also help, for example if you change addresses or mobile numbers. It’s worth keeping all your details up to date so if you do get checked you will pass with flying colours!
A spokesman for the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) has said about the statistics: ‘The changes make life easier for drivers and we have made every effort to inform the public by writing to new owners when they buy a car. It is up to the owner to make sure their car is properly taxed, however.”
Edmund King, President of the AA, said: ‘Drivers who try to dodge paying car tax should be punished, but this new system is victimising innocent drivers very harshly. Some discretion and commonsense would be welcome from the DVLA and clamping companies.’
Get in touch with Want Driving Lessons to find out all you need to know about vehicle tax and other road regulations.