Reports suggest that a 60 percent rise in the number of vehicles clamped by the DVLA is the result of the changes to the car tax system.
Previously a cars vehicle tax would still be valid when it was sold to a new keeper, however it seems many people are still unaware that this is no longer the case and are having their vehicles clamped as a result.
The DVLA has been criticised by some motoring organisations for failing to effectively inform the public of the new rules.
Vehicle owners who have been clamped currently have to pay a fee of £100 within 24 hours to get the clamp released. If the time limit is exceeded the vehicle will be towed away to a storage compound and the release fee increases to £200 with a £21 daily storage fee. If the vehicle has not been claimed within 1 week, the DVLA has the right to either sell or scrap the vehicle.
Remember - if you buy a second hand car, you need to buy new tax for it even if it appears to have a 'valid' paper tax disc.
All information provided is believed to be correct at the time of publication.