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.
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 .
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.
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 .
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.