Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Aston Martin and Lamborghini are among the prestige branded cars clamped last year for having no valid vehicle tax, according to latest figures released by the DVLA.
Last year, enforcement teams working on behalf of the DVLA clamped or impounded more than 118,000 vehicles. Some of the prestige makes that were clamped or impounded include:
The most commonly clamped vehicles reflect some of the UK’s best-selling models. The Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra top the list with more than 5,000 of each being clamped or impounded. Also clamped were 68 London Taxis, 2 Gulf Stream motorhomes, a tractor and 3 Reliant Robins.
More than 30,000 silver cars were clamped or impounded, making it the most commonly clamped vehicle colour.
The top 10 most commonly clamped vehicle colours were:
Bethan Beasley, DVLA’s National Wheelclamping Manager said:
Our enforcement teams are out and about on the roads around the UK all year. Their vans are equipped with number plate recognition cameras so any vehicle that isn’t taxed is at risk of being clamped or impounded.
The majority of drivers will never come into contact with our clamping teams as more than 98% of vehicles on the road are correctly taxed. However, those who risk using an untaxed vehicle on the road will have to manage the cost and inconvenience of their vehicle being clamped or impounded.
It’s never been easier to tax your vehicle – it takes just a few minutes to do it online and now that vehicle tax can be paid by Direct Debit, payments can be spread over 12 months so there really is no excuse.
Notes to editors:
See the full list of clamped and impounded vehicles for 2016/17: Clamped and impounded vehicles by make and colour (PDF, 252KB, 34 pages)
You can check the tax and MOT status of a vehicle anytime through our online vehicle enquiry service.
You can tax a vehicle 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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Published: 27 September 2017