13 CARS CLAMPED IN ONE MORNING ON THE STREETS OF PENARTH

The DVLA's clamping unit van - and the calling card left on several cars in Penarth today

The DVLA’s clamping unit van – and the calling card left on several cars in Penarth today

A DVLA car-clamping team has been patrolling the streets of Penarth today – searching out any drivers who may have forgotten to renew what used to be called Road Tax.

The DVLA team didn’t take long this morning to locate a several  errant vehicles on which Vehicle Excise Duty, or the MoT certificate, or the insurance  had apparently expired.

This red Vauxhall was clamped near Penarth Heights

This red Vauxhall was clamped near Penarth Heights

All were clamped with a large yellow DVLA plate chained to a front wheel  and padlocked – making it impossible to move. A large notice was stuck to  each windscreen warn the driver not to even attempt to drive off.

As Road Tax discs are no longer issued there’s no visual means of checking whether a vehicle is legal or not – other than checking its registration plate .

This estate car was clamped in Bellevue Terrace

This estate car was clamped in Bellevue Terrace

The clamper team’s van is equipped with a camera which automatically captures and checks the registrations of all cars that it passes . As soon as an illegal vehicle is spotted by the camera – the team carries out the clamping procedure.

Drivers then have to follow the instructions stuck to the windscreen of their car to get the clamp removed.

This BMW was flagged up as illegal on the DVLA unit's computer

This BMW was amongst the local vehicles flagged up as illegal on the DVLA unit’s computer today.

It’s not know how many vehicles the team immobilise in the course of an average day in Penarth – but as of lunchtime it was evident the DVLA officers had so far had a busy morning .

Routine paperwork seemed to have eluded many motorists in the Stanwell Crescent and Queens Road areas

Routine paperwork seemed to have eluded many motorists in the Stanwell Crescent and Queens Road areas (Photo John Clark)

By lunchtime the DVLA team was close to running out of car clamps – having disabled a total of 13 illegal vehicles on the streets of Penarth.

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15 Responses to 13 CARS CLAMPED IN ONE MORNING ON THE STREETS OF PENARTH

  1. Martin Coffee says:

    The trouble is that they’ve also stopped sending out reminders. I regard that as almost entrapment.

    • Bobby says:

      Are you sure? I got a reminder at the weekend as mine is due at the end of the month.

      • whatsoccurin says:

        spot on-I renew by telephone and it takes about 3 minutes-also it will reject you if you do not have MOT and insurance so checks should be made on these cars before they are released back to their owners (sorry for the late reply)

    • sjleworthy says:

      text and emails not enough? note in diary too much effort? it certainly is nowhere near entrapment in my opinion. i cant remember such renewal dates, but i’m reminded on a couple of fronts.

      as a responsible driver i happily pay my tax and expect everyone else to as well.

    • Peter Church says:

      Don’t they send out electronic reminders?

    • Concerned Citizen says:

      Why should ‘they’ remind you? Then you would be complaining about the costs of administration … surely we should take responsibility for ourselves?

      • whatsoccurin says:

        beggars belief doesn’t it?-a friend I had known for years ended up in Court because he carried on claiming Carers Allowance AFTER his parents passed away and his argument was that he had not received any reminder to stop claiming-Doh!!

    • PENARTH EYE. says:

      Martin What Reminder DO YOU Mean. I Received My Vehicle Tax Reminder ( V11W ) Today. Stating YOUR VEHICLE TAX RUNS OUT ON 30th NOV. I Have Always Received A Reminder. Likewise From My Car Insurers. There Are No Reminders For MOT’s

  2. sjleworthy says:

    that’ll learn um

  3. emma says:

    I have to agree that reminders are not always sent out, there have been a number of times I’ve not been sent one. Luckily I do keep a record.

  4. Ivor Bagman says:

    Meanwhile , Belisha Beacons
    Remind me to look left and right.
    Why do motorists try to run me down
    When I’m half way across the road ?

  5. Colin says:

    Just tow away and crush (NO EXCEPTIONS, NO EXCUSES)

  6. Mgg says:

    I note all the vehicles in the photos are “standing alone ” .I wonder if the camera can see reg ,of vehicles parked together say in bradenhaam place .? Thus , if not paid tax park up close !

  7. AK says:

    Good.

    No tax often means no insurance or MOT (sometimes lack of one invalidates insurance), so the vehicles should not be on the road.

    Reminders are sent for Road Tax (Emissions Tax), can be requested by text and email.

    How many ways do people need reminding ?

  8. Fred says:

    Serves them all right. If they aren’t responsible enough to tax, insure and MOT their vehicles then they shouldn’t be on the roads. Crush them all.

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