Motorists are taking the law into their own hands regarding clamping

3 minute read 1 year ago
Motorists are taking the law into their own hands regarding clamping

Motorists in the UK have tried to remove over 82,000 wheel clamps within the last five years, with over 635,000 clamps being issued in that time.

More than one in ten clamps attached to an untaxed vehicle in the last five years has been damaged or forcefully removed in the previous five years.

During this period, the contractors working for the DVLA responsible for removing the vehicles found that 82,475 wheel clamps had been removed completely.

The information obtained through a Freedom of Information request showed that Birmingham was the most clamped city, followed by London, Bristol and Cardiff.


Graham Conway, who obtained the information, stated, "Removing a lawful wheel clamp is an offence under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, as well as ignoring the important fact that you haven't paid your road tax.

"To see so many people being clamped for not having the correct road tax, and a chunk of those damaging or removing the clamps is shocking for law-abiding motorists."

The release fee for a clamped car via the DVLA is £100 if it is re-taxed. If you do not re-tax the vehicle, a refundable surety fee of £160 must also be paid with the £100 release fee.

If your vehicle has been removed within 24 hours after being clamped, you will find that your release fee will be £200 with an additional £21 per day storage fee.

The surety fee will allow a driver to drive the vehicle for 24 hours to move it onto private land or a driveway.

By visiting the DVLA website, you can check that your vehicle is taxed and when it expires.

Our company Director Antony Johnson who regularly teaches driving lessons in Milton Keynes, Bedford and Leighton Buzzard, recently helped one of our driving instructors in Luton with an untaxed car.

"One of our driving instructors in Luton had their car tax expire when visiting family abroad.

"Luckily, they had parked their car on a driveway meaning the vehicle was not clamped. However, this meant their lessons had to be put on hold until the issue had been sorted.

"When it comes to taxing your car, it is a quick and easy process and allows you to pay either yearly, monthly or via a direct debit."

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