Wheelclamping untaxed vehicles
If your vehicle is not properly taxed but is used or kept on public roads, it could be wheel clamped or removed. In order to keep your vehicle off-road legally, it must be taxed or else you must apply for a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification).
The fees to release your vehicle are high. If you don't pay for your vehicle to be de-clamped within 24 hours, DVLA will impound your vehicle and if it's not claimed it could be disposed of after seven days.
DVLA works in partnership with NSL Limitedwho operate the wheelclamping scheme and a number of local authorities and police forces who operate local wheelclamping schemes in their areas.
How it works
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 untaxed vehicle is then clamped,towed away and impounded after 24 hours (or immediately in some cases).
Release within 24 hours
To get your vehicle released you'll need to:
- pay a release fee of £100
- produce a valid tax disc
If you don't produce a tax disc you'll need to pay a surety (deposit) instead. This is £160 for a car or motorcycle and up to £700 for other vehicles.
You'll get the surety payment back when you tax your vehicle and produce a valid tax disc. If you fail to produce a tax disc within two weeks you'll lose the surety payment and your vehicle could be clamped again and again.
Release after 24 hours
To release your vehicle, youll need to pay a £200 fee, and any storage charges of £21 per day, as well as producing a valid tax disc or surety payment.
Provided you're registered as the vehicle keeper, DVLA will write to inform you that your vehicle has been impounded and will be disposed of unless all fees are paid.
You could also face prosecution with fines up to £1,000 as well as paying any arrears of vehicle tax owed and costs.
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.
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