DVLA clamps and tows untaxed cars on Penzance road
MOTORISTS who parked their cars along a Penzance stretch of road were in for a shock this week after the DVLA clamped and towed a number of untaxed vehicles.
Six cars were targeted and two immediately taken away as they were said to be causing an obstruction.
Although not a sting operation by the vehicle authority, its wheel-clamping contractors were monitoring cars in the Alexandra Road area when they spotted the vehicles.
"There is no targeted campaign in the area but our wheel-clamping contractors were in the area on routine business," said a DVLA spokesman.
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"Six vehicles were involved, four were left in situ but two others were impounded as they could have caused an accident where they were."
Untaxed vehicles can be clamped or impounded. If the owner of the vehicle doesn't pay for it to be de-clamped within 24 hours it will also be towed away.
A motorists can claim back their vehicle by paying a £100 fine and showing a valid tax disc. But after remaining unclaimed for a week at the pound, the motor can be destroyed.
"Wheel-clamping contractors have equipment to see if cars are taxed or said to be declared off the road," said the DVLA spokesman.
"If the vehicle shows up on our system, then it is clamped or towed."