Car clamped

Dudley Council takes on new powers to deal with untaxed vehicles

Dudley Council has taken on devolved powers from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to address the issue of untaxed vehicles in the borough.

The council has employed a contractor to deliver the work, which began on 10 May.

They have the authority to clamp and remove untaxed vehicles and charge a fee for the removal of the clamp or the return of the vehicle.

As well as this, they are authorised to sell vehicles if they are not collected within the times set out, with the associated fees settled.

The enforcement teams travel in vehicles equipped with number plate recognition cameras and any vehicle spotted on the road that is not taxed, or is wrongly declared SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification), risks being clamped or impounded.

It is hoped this action will also reduce the number of abandoned vehicles the council has to deal with and help keep nuisance and potentially unsafe vehicles off the streets of Dudley.

Abandoned vehicles become the responsibility of the local authority, who have to deal with their removal and disposal.

The council said that the rapid removal of untaxed vehicles will also reduce the opportunities of vandalism, which they said can become a danger to others and become unsightly in the community.

Getting such vehicles off the streets will also give the council more time to address other issues, such as fly-tipping and the unlawful storage and management of waste.

Commenting, Dudley Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental, Highways and Street Services, Councillor Karen Shakespeare said:

While the vast majority of motorists do the right thing and tax their vehicles correctly, untaxed vehicles not only cause a loss to the taxpayer, but they are often also not insured, not roadworthy and sometimes involved in serious crimes.

The action we are taking will help to keep unsafe and abandoned cars off our streets, making the borough a safer, cleaner place to live."

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