The Aladdin’s Cave Of Items Found In Clamped and Impounded Cars

Thu 6th Sep 2018

Beavis and Butt-Head Trading cards, washing machines and a full drum-kit are just some of the 600 items left in cars which have been impounded for not paying cars taxes according to the DVLA.

The cars are either clamped or impounded by the DVLA when cars are left untaxed, leaving the owners with just one month to claim the myriad of valuables left behind.

Tim Burton, DVLA’s Head of Enforcement, said: "Having your car clamped is expensive and inconvenient - and as this list of items shows, you could end up losing more than just the car!

"DVLA operates a range of measures to make vehicle tax easy to pay and hard to avoid.

"While the vast majority of motorists do the right thing and tax their cars correctly, it is right that we take action against those that break the law and fail to tax their car.

"The law is clear and so are the consequences - tax it or lose it."

As well as a drum kit, the DVLA have also found an acoustic kit, a Segway, a 32-inch smart LED TV and most unusually a highly collectable book of illustrated cats.

Whilst DIY equipment and power tools are amongst the most common finds in untaxed cars, the DVLA also report that ‘four topless models’ were found, as well as a pack of Baywatch playing cards, which is sure to raise the pulse of whoever removed the cars.

If the items are not claimed they are sold at auction, or if of no value destroyed.

Wheelclamping is one of a range of enforcement measures used by DVLA against untaxed vehicles. Where an untaxed vehicle is clamped the motorist will have to pay a release fee of £100 and - if they cannot show that the vehicle has been taxed - a surety fee of £160. The surety fee is refunded if the motorist is able to show that the vehicle has been taxed within 15 days of the vehicle’s release. If the release fee has not been paid within 24 hours then DVLA will impound the vehicle. The release fee will then rise to £200 and there will be a storage charge of £21 per day. Again, a surety fee of £160 must be paid if the motorist cannot show that the vehicle has been taxed.