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Whether you are learner driver or an experienced motorist, you can email any driving-related question to info@wycombedrivingschool.co.uk and you will receive a personal response from Wycombe Driving School boss Audrey Wixon, pictured. The best questions and answers will be published on this website anonymously.

Audrey is a DSA ADI; DIAmond, IAM and RoSPA Gold Advanced Driver; Fleet Trainer; Observer for Institute of Advanced Motorists; & National Standard cycling instructor

Audrey Wixon - manager of Wycombe Driving School
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Cars crushed for having no road tax! Why so harsh?

Q: My friend said the DVLA took away her neighbour’s car and crushed it because it wasn’t taxed. They can’t do that can they? Why would they be so harsh?
car being crushed A: Yes, they can do that. The DVLA’s computer knows which cars are not taxed and they are entitled to clamp them, impound them and ultimately crush them if they are found on a road. The DVLA runs a computer check every month to identify vehicles which do not have a valid tax disc and will automatically send out an £80 fine to motorists who are not taxed. Anyone who ignores the penalty could face prosecution with fines of up to £1,000.

Additionally, clamping vans patrol the streets which have cameras mounted on their roofs which read number plates as they pass them and then check them against the database of untaxed vehicles. When they find an illegal vehicle, they clamp it. To have your car unclamped you have to pay a release fee of £100 and produce a valid tax disc. If you don’t pay for your car to be unclamped within 24 hours it will be impounded, with a release fee of £200 and a storage charge of £21 per day. Unclaimed vehicles of no economic value are crushed in seven days, while other vehicles are crushed after 14 days. Expensive vehicles are sold at auction.

If you don’t need tax because your vehicle is being stored off road, you must notify the DVLA by making a SORN declaration or you are still liable to be fined.

The DVLA takes road tax very seriously because in order to buy a tax disc you have to have a valid MoT and insurance certificate, therefore failure to display a disc can help the authorities uncover more serious crimes.
Audrey Wixon
(Date of article: 21/01/13)
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