Warning you could be fined and your car clamped if it’s ‘untaxed’ – even if your car is tax exempt

Warning you could be fined and your car clamped if it’s ‘untaxed’ – even if your car is tax exempt
Warning you could be fined and your car clamped if it’s ‘untaxed’ – even if your car is tax exempt

Drivers could face having their vehicle clamped and being hit with a fine for not paying car tax, even if the car is exempt from vehicle tax.

The warning comes after an unsuspecting driver with a low carbon emissions level was clamped and fined £100 for not having ‘paid’ the car tax – despite the outstanding payment being zero.

However, the DVLA has said that all vehicles must be licensed even if the car is exempt.

This applies to all cars below the carbon emissions level, vehicles used by a disabled person, disabled passenger vehicles, mobility scooters, powered wheel chairs and invalid carriages.

The full list of exemptions are available on the Government’s website.

All vehicles must be licensed

A DVLA spokesman said: “The law requires that a vehicle licence must be renewed on an annual or six-monthly basis.

“This applies to vehicles which have a nil rate of vehicle tax, meaning they do not attract a payment.

“This requirement helps us maintain accurate vehicle records, which is important for road safety purposes and traceability.

“We make it clear in all our messages that all vehicles must be licensed, even if the vehicle is subject to a nil rate of vehicle tax and does not attract a payment.”

Vehicles exempt from vehicle tax
Some vehicles are exempt from car tax but they still have to be registered

‘It makes no sense’

Sharon Taylor from Kirkcaldy had her Peugot 208 clamped and was fined £100 for not paying the vehicle tax, which was zero.

Taylor said: “My car is below the carbon emission level so there is no value to my road tax. I told them this. They said I should have “paid” it on their website anyway and said I could receive a fine that may be up to five times the amount of my road tax.

“And they actually sent me a bill for it, saying I owe then five times zero! It makes no sense.”

Taylor  added: “I had received no reminder whatsoever, not via email or through the post telling me that I had to register anyway. It is confusing and all in all it’s cost me £100.”

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