The changes to the UK's road tax system haven't gone as smoothly as hoped, with the number of cars being clamped and towed by DVLA enforcers rocketing -- and owners falling foul of the new digital-only system that has the power to hand out £800 fines.
According to stats seen by the Guardian, cases of cars being clamped for non-compliance with road tax rules have rocketed from an average of 5,000 a month to 8,000, with drivers furious that their cars are being seized without so much as a friendly or threatening warning letter beforehand.
The sticking point seems to be a lack of awareness that existing physical tax discs that seem to show a valid tax in place are cancelled as soon as a car changes ownership. So a printed tax disc that appears to have a few months left is worthless the moment Man A agrees to buy a car from Man B, leaving Man A untaxed from the moment the wad of £20s changes hands.
The Guardian's report is packed with tales of £200 release fees being added to £400 sureties and those added to £160 storage fees at towed car storage facilities, as drivers -- and the DVLA in some cases -- make a right mess of implementing the new digital tax system. [Guardian]