CLAMPED: Vehicles targeted in road tax blitz

Grounded: A motorbike clamped by the DVLA in Sheep Market, Spalding. Photo: S050811-118TW
Grounded: A motorbike clamped by the DVLA in Sheep Market, Spalding. Photo: S050811-118TW
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NINE vehicles in Sheep Market were clamped in a two-day blitz on untaxed vehicles in Spalding.

The swoop by the DVLA was carried out by contractors, NSL Services Group, on Thursday and Friday.

Seven owners stumped up the cash to have their vehicles released but the other two will lose their wheels to the crusher unless they pay up.

A DVLA spokesman said: “To release a vehicle a fee of £100 must be paid. In addition, a valid vehicle licence must be produced or a surety of £160 for a car or a motorcycle – up to £700 for other vehicles – must be paid before the vehicle can be released.

“The surety payment is forfeited if a valid tax disc is not produced within two weeks. This may be done at the nearest pound or DVLA office.

“If the vehicle is not released within 24 hours it is impounded and the release fee increases to £200. There is a £21 per day storage charge as well as the requirement to produce a valid tax disc or surety payment.

“If the necessary fees are not paid, DVLA dispose of the vehicle.”

PC Paul Smith, who manages the Spalding Neighbourhood Police Team, said he was delighted the DVLA was reinforcing the work of local police officers.

South Holland District Council leader Coun Gary Porter said it was good news but he would like to see a crackdown on the drivers who do not have insurance.