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Got a wheel clamp overnight for not showing my tax disc although I had it in the house. Only ran out yesterday (31/1/09) and was going to put it in this morning. Was it some nice person reporting me… Read More
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
Got a wheel clamp overnight for not showing my tax disc although I had it in the house. Only ran out yesterday (31/1/09) and was going to put it in this morning. Was it some nice person reporting me or the DVLA? Want £100 to release or they'll charge daily and then impound it. Are they within their rights? Help!
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
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#1
i think they are taking the p... there, to go out on the last day of the month, telephone dvla tommorrow and explain that you have already bought the new disk and you were waiting for the 1st to put it in, sounds like this operator is trying it on, and it sounds like they are a private operator as the dvla would have a record of you buying the new disk
#2
yes they are, provided you have parked the car on a public road, park etc., you really did not need for one to ran out before putting another there, because you are covered with the new one even before the old one ran out.
#3
You can actually be booked for noy displaying the disc. Even if it in date it is an offence not to have it displayed.
#4
I would consider contacting the police. Criminal damage can include detracting from the usefulness of the property as well as causing damage itself. There is an offence of failing to display a tax disc, generally dealt with by the police. I have never heard of this in my area, private clampers putting clamps on cars 1 day out of the road tax. May be trying it on
I wouldnt pay them and contact trading standards. As for the clamp........
#5
I think the clamper's argument is that it was gone midnight ie the 1st Feb! But it does seem a bit extreme. Anyone had anything similar happen to them? Thanks for all your comments and help guys and gals...
#6
What's the charge/fine for not displaying then? Must happen all the time, I often forget!
#7
generally a non-endorsable £30 if police do it. I would never in a million years do someone for this a day out. ridiculous
#8
what company was it that clamped your car ?
#9
river
what company was it that clamped your car ?


yeh and who are they employed by? seems very fishy...
#10
Funnily enough,i saw 3 cars clamped when i was out yesterday,two on the same street,one i had noticed a few days previous, as it was not displaying any tax disc at all.
#11
in which part of the country is this happening?
#12
Enchantress
I think the clamper's argument is that it was gone midnight ie the 1st Feb! But it does seem a bit extreme. Anyone had anything similar happen to them? Thanks for all your comments and help guys and gals...


Is this a private car park or a public one? I suspect the former as there was a news story of an olderly lady who had her car clamped over the weekend when she couldn't get tax - she responded by smashing part of the clamper's van:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-408705/Granny-81-smashes-clamper-van.html

I'd highly recommend going over to the pepipoo forums at http://forums.pepipoo.com as they have considerable legal expertise and are usually very helpful.

John
#13
I n our area the DVLA have a van clearly marked that comes round bi-monthly checking cars, also they seem to have the authority to clamp the vehicle and place a sticker ( rather large on the windscreen). Informing all who pass by why the car is clamped.
#14
i would say that DVLA are best to contact first as they would have record of you paying for the new tax disc, so yes you are at fault if parked on public roads etc, but like previously stated "for not displaying the disc", so then police are next point of contact to see if you would be breaking the law if you have the clamp removed (assuming you have put new tax disc in place) as it would be down to them to prove why you have been clamped in a public place without clamping signs. I believe the police would be more inclined to side with you if you have the proof that it was purchased on/before the 31st (ie DVLA office records etc) and i thought it was unlawful to clamp someone in an area without signs for clamping zones unless done via the DVLA or police authorized clamping, in which case there would be no reason for clamping as you would clearly be able to prove you had purchased the disc on or prior to the end of your preious disc. so then no charge would be incurred for a clerical error on their part.
#15
Have a read of:
http://www.dvla.gov.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/280808_09.aspx

I was under the impression that your tax disc is not valid until the first of the month, as this is the date that the disc "comes into force". Hence it is not unreasonable for you to pop down in the morning and display it.

On DVLA form V10, page 2, section B:
You can apply from the 5th day of the month in which your current tax
disc runs out. Your new tax disc will come into force on the first day of
the next month and you should not display it on your vehicle until then.
#16
The op has said she was clamped for not displaying the tax disc, not for it being 1 day out of date. How would anyone know this when there was no disc in the car?!!!! If it is the police, then there is nothing you can do. I doubbt you'd have got it for it being a day out but not surprised for not displaying.
#17
Last summer someone got clamped by the DVLA,i don't think the car was registered to his address so he took the wheel off !! then moved it to his garage:w00t:
#18
Banana79
The op has said she was clamped for not displaying the tax disc, not for it being 1 day out of date. How would anyone know this when there was no disc in the car?!!!! If it is the police, then there is nothing you can do. I doubbt you'd have got it for it being a day out but not surprised for not displaying.


she didnt say she hadnt a disc...she said it ran out...if im reading right-the replacement was in the house.
#19
louloo
she didnt say she hadnt a disc...she said it ran out...if im reading right-the replacement was in the house.


Yeah, that's what I mean, it was not displayed on the car which is an offence.
#20
The DVLA use ANPR technology to check so i doubt very much it would have been them as it wouldnt have flagged your car as untaxed!

also who goes clamping in the middle of the night :?
#21
Banana79
Yeah, that's what I mean, it was not displayed on the car which is an offence.


ok if you have the old one in and the new one runs from 1/2 are you supposed to go out at midnight to change it? lol ill set me alarm:?
#22
I know what I'd do. I'd report your new tax disc missing/lost to the police stating that it was in your car at some point that day and you hadn't realised it was missing. You have proof that you bought a new one so appeal to DVLA. People have their nice spanking new discs stolen all the time so thieves can put it in their car so it looks like its taxed from a distance. Sounds like it in this case :thumbsup: ( I can't believe I just said that, I'm the most honest person i know!)
#23
You guys are great. Was NCP - the gits. Lots of really useful stuff from you all especially pghstochaj - you've got them there, thanks! And I'll be REALLY careful next time!
#24
#25
Enchantress
You guys are great. Was NCP - the gits. Lots of really useful stuff from you all especially pghstochaj - you've got them there, thanks! And I'll be REALLY careful next time!


I think it is awful they have done this, it is not reasonable to expect somebody to change the disc at 00:01am. I am usually behind the law and often think people are lazy/ignorant and just wanting to worm their way out of something. However, this is silly.
#26
[FONT="Arial"][SIZE="2"]I got postcard from DVLA in December saying that they were allowing you 5 days grace for displaying new Tax disc but unfortunately It only appears to apply if you had ordered disc online or by phone.[/SIZE][/FONT]

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/gav57uk/DVLA.jpg
banned#27
If ikt was NCP they have no authority to clamp you.
Cut it off and dump it.
Say you left it on the path/road and someone must have stolen it.

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