Clamping For Unpaid Car Tax Skyrockets After Death of Paper Disc

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Figures obtained by the BBC through a Freedom of Information request show that clamping for unpaid car tax has almost doubled since the paper tax disc was thrown on the scrapheap.

In the six months leading up to October 2014 -- when the tax disc was killed off -- DVLA figures show that there was an average of 5,100 clampings per month. An analysis of the six months leading up to October this year shows that the average has risen to 9,200 a month.

The BBC reports that the DVLA’s decision to farm out the work to a private firm, NSL, has contributed to this increase, but drivers are also simply forgetting to pay without having a constant visual reminder stuck to their windscreen.

“The law is that you pay your tax,” said DVLA chief executive Oliver Morley -- a man who hears no violins -- who added that car owners are sent reminders, either via post or email. “The vast majority pay with no problem at all.” [BBC]