Drivers see clampdown on car tax

Wigan drivers who are driving without valid tax discs have been targeted by DVLA clamping vans. Pictured are two cars clamped on Gidlow Lane

Wigan drivers who are driving without valid tax discs have been targeted by DVLA clamping vans. Pictured are two cars clamped on Gidlow Lane

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UNTAXED vehicles in Wigan are being targeted by the DVLA.

Over the space of the last two weeks, 28 vehicles have been clamped by the DVLA across the borough.

They were all spotted over a three-day period last week and then again on Tuesday this week.

Clamping vans patrolling the streets are equipped with automatic number plate reader (ANPR) technology. Roof-mounted cameras read the number plates of vehicles parked at the roadside. The number plates are checked against a list of untaxed vehicles and any identified are confirmed against the DVLA vehicle register.

The figures were given to the Evening Post by the DVLA which also confirmed that of the 28 vehicles clamped, eight were later impounded.

Ten of the owners came forward and paid the release fee, while the other 10 yesterday remained clamped.

If owners fail to pay for their vehicles to be de-clamped within 24 hours, the DVLA will then impound it.

Officers were targeting cars which either failed to show any record of being taxed or showing out of date discs.

If a vehicle is seen to be obstructing other road users, it can be immediately impounded.

Impounded vehicles from Wigan are taken to Trafford Park in Manchester where it costs £100 to have them released within the initial 24 hours, increasing to £200 after that. Storage charges of £21 per day are also enforced.

The vehicles are released subject to the owner providing documentation proving it is suitably taxed or supplying a £160 surety deposit which will be refunded if the vehicle is appropriately taxed within 11 days.

Registered keepers will be written to informing them that their vehicles has been impounded.

Unclaimed vehicles are crushed after seven days. Vehicles of economic value are disposed of after 14 days. Any vehicles of significant value are resold at auction.

The DVLA claims occupants of untaxed cars are more likely to be involved in criminal activities involving drugs, burglary and violent crime.