Clampdown on untaxed vehicles in the borough

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have carried out the joint action alongside the DVLA in Tyldesley

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 7:00 am

A recent operation to clamp down on untaxed vehicles in a borough town led to several cars being targeted.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have carried out the joint action alongside the DVLA during the last few months.

The results of the operation, which took place across Tyldesley, have now been revealed and send a clear message to wrong-doers.

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A seized car in Tyldesley following a recent operation between GMP and the DVLA

It has focused around Factory Street, Manchester Road, Astley Street and other areas around the community.

In total, several untaxed and abandoned vehicles have been either confiscated, clamped or warnings have been issued to the owners.

This is either to tax the vehicle or remove them from the road.

Coun Nazia Rehman, of Tyldesley, who has been working closely with GMP and the DVLA over the last couple of months, urged people to report untaxed and abandoned cars that they think should not be on the road.

Coun Rehman said: “There has been a clamp down on untaxed vehicles on Factory street, Manchester Road, Astley Street and other areas around Tyldesley,

“For the last couple of months I have been working closely with GMP and DVLA and I am pleased to report several untaxed and/or abandoned vehicles have been either confiscated, clamped or warnings have been issued to the owners, to either tax the vehicle or remove them from the road.

She added: “If you see any vehicle that you think is untaxed or abandoned and shouldn’t be on the road, please report it to me.”

It comes as the DVLA continues to crack down on drivers failing to tax their cars after figures showed Greater Manchester was flagged as one of the UK’s hotspots for vehicle tax evasion.

Some 1.6 per cent of the country’s vehicles are not taxed correctly despite it being illegal to drive on the road with an untaxed vehicle.

In 2019, the DVLA, which has a pound in Leigh, carried out more than 34,000 enforcement actions in the M postcode area in 2019.

Only Belfast and Birmingham had a greater number of untaxed vehicles.

People can call police on 101 or visit the GMP website to report any suspect vehicles.

Always dial 999 in the event of an emergency.

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