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Motorists warned of clamping charges

A driver from Doncaster has warned other motorists about the problem of clamping charges after he was fined several penalties for the same issue. Regardless of whether people have a private reg or not, ensuring fines are quickly paid does not, it seems, remove the chance of further costs. And, particularly those who have vehicles with SORNs, adhering to the law at all times is essential.

Andrew Murray, a resident of Cecilias Road in Doncaster, had a VW Golf that was normally parked outside his house. As it was untaxed and ready for scrap, Mr Murray correctly obtained a SORN notice. However, on May 2nd, he had to move the vehicle to the road so the scrapping company could pick it up. Whilst he was at work, a local clamping company working on behalf of the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) clamped the Golf and issued Mr Murray with a £260 fine. He paid it immediately, knowing there was no way to appeal. However, less than a month later on May 29th, Mr Murray received another £95 fine because the Golf had been spotted on a public road before the scrapping company had collected it on May 2nd.

NSL, the company who issued the fine, explained, “NSL representatives advise motorists whose vehicles are parked in contravention of DVLA rules that a £260 fee applies to vehicles without a tax disc, or £100 if the motorist can produce a tax disc at the time of payment. If not, then the motorist has 14 days to claim back the surety fee of £160 once they have presented the valid tax disc. NSL is authorised to charge fees relating to the clamping of a vehicle.” He added that the fees don’t replace the penalties noted for using or keeping an untaxed vehicle on a public road, regardless of the period it’s there for. This offence is separate from the wheel clamping, NSL said, meaning that additional penalties can be received.

Though Mr Murray has appealed the decision of the second fine, he is keen to warn motorists of the dangers. Those having companies collect their untaxed vehicles are advised to keep the cars off-road at all times, with collectors utilising an individual’s private land to load vehicles on their own trucks. Having an untaxed vehicle on a public road, if only for a moment, is an offence. And, for those who do so, they run the risk of noting multiple fines and penalties.

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