Press release

Prestige and high-end supercars among those caught with no vehicle tax

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.

Prestige and high-end supercars among those caught with no vehicle tax

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:

Make Total clamped/impounded
Porsche 137
Bentley 12
Daimler 11
Aston Martin 10
Maserati 10
Tesla 7
TVR 6
Rolls Royce 3
Ferrari 2
Lamborghini 2

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:

Colour Total clamped/impounded
Silver 30,035
Blue 23,411
Black 21,270
White 12,314
Red 10,731
Grey 10,219
Green 5,997
Yellow 732
Beige 710
Gold 696

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.

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Published 27 September 2017