Car tax crackdown underway in Cardiff
October 24, 2017 at 3:41 PM
The DVLA are cracking down on Welsh motorists who have not taxed their cars. A fleet of DVLA vans equipped with number-plate recognition have been patrolling Cardiff and surrounding areas in an attempt to catch out untaxed vehicles.
The van's software can detect untaxed cars whose owners have already received a warning letter, if found on the public highway, the cars will be clamped or impounded with the owners needing to pay a fee and prove the vehicle is taxed before it is released. Latest figures show tax evasion has more than doubled since paper tax discs were abolished in 2014. Back in 2013, when physical tax discs were still in use, only 0.6% of motorists avoided paying their tax. By 2015, that figure had risen to 1.4%.
The DVLA claim more 3,800 untaxed vehicles have already been clamped in Wales in 201 - over 10 each day.
Bethan Beasley, the DVLA's national wheel-clamping manager, said: "Ninety-eight out of 100 people tax their vehicles and they tax them on time.
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