Police seize vehicles for not displaying tax disc

Bucks Free Press: Police seize vehicles for not displaying tax disc Police seize vehicles for not displaying tax disc

MOTORISTS are being urged to ensure their vehicles have a valid tax disc on display after police seized two vehicles in High Wycombe.

The vehicles were seized in the Totteridge area and taken to a compound on Friday by the Wycombe Neighbourhood Policing team because they did not have a valid road tax disc in the windscreen.

Officers said the owners of the vehicles now face paying a £300 release fee on top of the cost of taxing their vehicle - or they could be scrapped.

Inspector Morland said: “DVLA statistics show untaxed vehicles are more likely to be involved in criminal activity and are at greater risk to other road users.

“My team will continue to stop untaxed vehicles and have them removed; this will help make our roads safer for everyone.

“The majority of people who have had their cars seized in High Wycombe go on to get them properly taxed, however some end up sold or as scrap because no one comes forward to claim them within the 14 days.”

Under the current rules, police can issue a Fixed Penalty Notice to motorists who have taxed their vehicles but fail to display the disc.

Officers have the power to seize a vehicle which is not taxed.

Inspector 1878 Morland “It is important to note that if residents see an untaxed abandoned vehicle on a public road they can visit the DVLA website and anonymously report it”.

But the law will change in October when the paper tax disc is abolished and replaced by an electronic system, enabling motorists to pay by direct debit.

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11:35am Tue 18 Mar 14

Saiphx says...

There's no way that it genuinely costs police £300 to place a car in a pound for a couple of days. This is revenue-raising by extortion.
There's no way that it genuinely costs police £300 to place a car in a pound for a couple of days. This is revenue-raising by extortion. Saiphx
  • Score: 5

11:46am Tue 18 Mar 14

sparky49 says...

Saiphx wrote:
There's no way that it genuinely costs police £300 to place a car in a pound for a couple of days. This is revenue-raising by extortion.
It's a financial punishment for not paying your tax. Remember no road tax and you invalidate your insurance, although you need to prove you have insurance to get road tax.
Anyone hurt by a car with no road tax or any car damaged and they are uninsured.
[quote][p][bold]Saiphx[/bold] wrote: There's no way that it genuinely costs police £300 to place a car in a pound for a couple of days. This is revenue-raising by extortion.[/p][/quote]It's a financial punishment for not paying your tax. Remember no road tax and you invalidate your insurance, although you need to prove you have insurance to get road tax. Anyone hurt by a car with no road tax or any car damaged and they are uninsured. sparky49
  • Score: 20

11:54am Tue 18 Mar 14

Bill Taxpayer says...

This is ridiculous. If it's not taxed, fair enough, but there's a big difference between not paying tax and simply failing to display a disc. And why tow it away to a compound unless it was parked causing an obstruction?
The police could very easily have checked if the car was taxed or not (which is precisely why tax discs are being abolished). If it was taxed but just not displaying the disc, then a quick word with the owner to remind them should have been enough - even leaving a note on the windscreen.
The police should be fined for wasting everyone's time.
This is ridiculous. If it's not taxed, fair enough, but there's a big difference between not paying tax and simply failing to display a disc. And why tow it away to a compound unless it was parked causing an obstruction? The police could very easily have checked if the car was taxed or not (which is precisely why tax discs are being abolished). If it was taxed but just not displaying the disc, then a quick word with the owner to remind them should have been enough - even leaving a note on the windscreen. The police should be fined for wasting everyone's time. Bill Taxpayer
  • Score: 5

12:19pm Tue 18 Mar 14

I know who I am says...

Tax disc's are soon to be abolished. Then watch how many number plates get stolen off cars that have tax and placed on similar cars without
Tax disc's are soon to be abolished. Then watch how many number plates get stolen off cars that have tax and placed on similar cars without I know who I am
  • Score: 23

12:52pm Tue 18 Mar 14

MunsterX says...

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... MunsterX
  • Score: -5

1:37pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

I know who I am wrote:
Tax disc's are soon to be abolished. Then watch how many number plates get stolen off cars that have tax and placed on similar cars without
...as long as they continue to crush all the untaxed cars.
Buy security screws for your number plate & cross your fingers... and cut the fingers off those that steal number plates.
[quote][p][bold]I know who I am[/bold] wrote: Tax disc's are soon to be abolished. Then watch how many number plates get stolen off cars that have tax and placed on similar cars without[/p][/quote]...as long as they continue to crush all the untaxed cars. Buy security screws for your number plate & cross your fingers... and cut the fingers off those that steal number plates. Mr Totterdge Hill
  • Score: 11

5:52pm Tue 18 Mar 14

MunsterX says...

Police can only stop you if they can see there is no disc on your screen, they cannot stop you to check if the one you printed off is valid (unless that is they stop you for something else, like not wearing a seatbelt or faulty lights etc). It costs 2p for ink and a sheet of paper to print out a tax disc, just do a search on google images!

If you are going to run a little errand in an uniinsured or untaxed vehicle then do it at rush-hour as plod are up their necks in other problems 0800-0900 and 1700-1800 and will never pull you over.

ACAB.
Police can only stop you if they can see there is no disc on your screen, they cannot stop you to check if the one you printed off is valid (unless that is they stop you for something else, like not wearing a seatbelt or faulty lights etc). It costs 2p for ink and a sheet of paper to print out a tax disc, just do a search on google images! If you are going to run a little errand in an uniinsured or untaxed vehicle then do it at rush-hour as plod are up their necks in other problems 0800-0900 and 1700-1800 and will never pull you over. ACAB. MunsterX
  • Score: -14

7:56pm Tue 18 Mar 14

bookerboy says...

two vehicles?, I counted seven around the Turnpike,Booker and surrounding roads on Friday
two vehicles?, I counted seven around the Turnpike,Booker and surrounding roads on Friday bookerboy
  • Score: 4

12:08pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Hedgehunter says...

Bill Taxpayer wrote:
This is ridiculous. If it's not taxed, fair enough, but there's a big difference between not paying tax and simply failing to display a disc. And why tow it away to a compound unless it was parked causing an obstruction?
The police could very easily have checked if the car was taxed or not (which is precisely why tax discs are being abolished). If it was taxed but just not displaying the disc, then a quick word with the owner to remind them should have been enough - even leaving a note on the windscreen.
The police should be fined for wasting everyone's time.
I think it is safe to assume that the vehicles seized in question were untaxed, as surely the police run a PNC check on the vehicle first. When the paper disc is abolished then I agree that false registration plates will probably increase for those that are happy to drive vehicles without insurance/tax/MOT.

However, it's bad enough that most people think it's "road tax" without poor journalism from the BFP. It's Vehicle Excise Duty.
[quote][p][bold]Bill Taxpayer[/bold] wrote: This is ridiculous. If it's not taxed, fair enough, but there's a big difference between not paying tax and simply failing to display a disc. And why tow it away to a compound unless it was parked causing an obstruction? The police could very easily have checked if the car was taxed or not (which is precisely why tax discs are being abolished). If it was taxed but just not displaying the disc, then a quick word with the owner to remind them should have been enough - even leaving a note on the windscreen. The police should be fined for wasting everyone's time.[/p][/quote]I think it is safe to assume that the vehicles seized in question were untaxed, as surely the police run a PNC check on the vehicle first. When the paper disc is abolished then I agree that false registration plates will probably increase for those that are happy to drive vehicles without insurance/tax/MOT. However, it's bad enough that most people think it's "road tax" without poor journalism from the BFP. It's Vehicle Excise Duty. Hedgehunter
  • Score: 3

12:36pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Buckslocal says...

Bill Taxpayer wrote:
This is ridiculous. If it's not taxed, fair enough, but there's a big difference between not paying tax and simply failing to display a disc. And why tow it away to a compound unless it was parked causing an obstruction? The police could very easily have checked if the car was taxed or not (which is precisely why tax discs are being abolished). If it was taxed but just not displaying the disc, then a quick word with the owner to remind them should have been enough - even leaving a note on the windscreen. The police should be fined for wasting everyone's time.
If you have brought car tax and cannot be bothered to display it what else have you not bothered with on your car?

If you get caught for this you are an idiot or lazy. It really is that simple!
[quote][p][bold]Bill Taxpayer[/bold] wrote: This is ridiculous. If it's not taxed, fair enough, but there's a big difference between not paying tax and simply failing to display a disc. And why tow it away to a compound unless it was parked causing an obstruction? The police could very easily have checked if the car was taxed or not (which is precisely why tax discs are being abolished). If it was taxed but just not displaying the disc, then a quick word with the owner to remind them should have been enough - even leaving a note on the windscreen. The police should be fined for wasting everyone's time.[/p][/quote]If you have brought car tax and cannot be bothered to display it what else have you not bothered with on your car? If you get caught for this you are an idiot or lazy. It really is that simple! Buckslocal
  • Score: 4

1:03pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

Buckslocal wrote:
Bill Taxpayer wrote:
This is ridiculous. If it's not taxed, fair enough, but there's a big difference between not paying tax and simply failing to display a disc. And why tow it away to a compound unless it was parked causing an obstruction? The police could very easily have checked if the car was taxed or not (which is precisely why tax discs are being abolished). If it was taxed but just not displaying the disc, then a quick word with the owner to remind them should have been enough - even leaving a note on the windscreen. The police should be fined for wasting everyone's time.
If you have brought car tax and cannot be bothered to display it what else have you not bothered with on your car?

If you get caught for this you are an idiot or lazy. It really is that simple!
Might also be a cheat or a crook?
[quote][p][bold]Buckslocal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bill Taxpayer[/bold] wrote: This is ridiculous. If it's not taxed, fair enough, but there's a big difference between not paying tax and simply failing to display a disc. And why tow it away to a compound unless it was parked causing an obstruction? The police could very easily have checked if the car was taxed or not (which is precisely why tax discs are being abolished). If it was taxed but just not displaying the disc, then a quick word with the owner to remind them should have been enough - even leaving a note on the windscreen. The police should be fined for wasting everyone's time.[/p][/quote]If you have brought car tax and cannot be bothered to display it what else have you not bothered with on your car? If you get caught for this you are an idiot or lazy. It really is that simple![/p][/quote]Might also be a cheat or a crook? Mr Totterdge Hill
  • Score: 2

7:48pm Wed 19 Mar 14

KrissieJS says...

Mr Totterdge Hill wrote:
I know who I am wrote:
Tax disc's are soon to be abolished. Then watch how many number plates get stolen off cars that have tax and placed on similar cars without
...as long as they continue to crush all the untaxed cars.
Buy security screws for your number plate & cross your fingers... and cut the fingers off those that steal number plates.
You do not need to buy these screws. You can obtain them from the police station or the Neighbourhood watch team. Jewsons did them for free a while ago, though not sure if they still do.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Totterdge Hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I know who I am[/bold] wrote: Tax disc's are soon to be abolished. Then watch how many number plates get stolen off cars that have tax and placed on similar cars without[/p][/quote]...as long as they continue to crush all the untaxed cars. Buy security screws for your number plate & cross your fingers... and cut the fingers off those that steal number plates.[/p][/quote]You do not need to buy these screws. You can obtain them from the police station or the Neighbourhood watch team. Jewsons did them for free a while ago, though not sure if they still do. KrissieJS
  • Score: 7

4:49pm Thu 20 Mar 14

s6blr says...

Nice to see those hard working Twittering folks in TVP working to protect us from them hardened criminals who cannot afford to tax their cars.

This looks like a chance for revenue, pure and simple.
Nice to see those hard working Twittering folks in TVP working to protect us from them hardened criminals who cannot afford to tax their cars. This looks like a chance for revenue, pure and simple. s6blr
  • Score: -2

12:16am Fri 21 Mar 14

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

s6blr wrote:
Nice to see those hard working Twittering folks in TVP working to protect us from them hardened criminals who cannot afford to tax their cars.

This looks like a chance for revenue, pure and simple.
No Vehicle Excise Duty means no MOT or Insurance... If you don't have all 3 your car shouldn't be on the road... without the trinity each of the others are void.
For most it's just tax evasion, but for others it means driving about in death traps with no regard to other road users.
If you can't afford the vehicle excise, how can you afford to put fuel in your car or even maintain it?
[quote][p][bold]s6blr[/bold] wrote: Nice to see those hard working Twittering folks in TVP working to protect us from them hardened criminals who cannot afford to tax their cars. This looks like a chance for revenue, pure and simple.[/p][/quote]No Vehicle Excise Duty means no MOT or Insurance... If you don't have all 3 your car shouldn't be on the road... without the trinity each of the others are void. For most it's just tax evasion, but for others it means driving about in death traps with no regard to other road users. If you can't afford the vehicle excise, how can you afford to put fuel in your car or even maintain it? Mr Totterdge Hill
  • Score: 1

6:45am Fri 21 Mar 14

MunsterX says...

Most people know the limitations of the vehicle they are in, I have a car I would not take on the motorway or use for anything more than a trip to a local store, and I would never push it over 30mph.

What about the vintage car market where those with vehicles over a certain age require no tax or MOT whatsoever and are trusted to keep the vehicle in good working order because they are so called "enthusiasts"?

A car can last many years with very little maintenance, the brakes screech when the pads need changing, and everyone can keep tabs on the tread levels of their tyres.

I for one am sick and tired of being told by politicians and law-makers, who in large part are sex-obsessed control freaks, what I can and cannot do.
Most people know the limitations of the vehicle they are in, I have a car I would not take on the motorway or use for anything more than a trip to a local store, and I would never push it over 30mph. What about the vintage car market where those with vehicles over a certain age require no tax or MOT whatsoever and are trusted to keep the vehicle in good working order because they are so called "enthusiasts"? A car can last many years with very little maintenance, the brakes screech when the pads need changing, and everyone can keep tabs on the tread levels of their tyres. I for one am sick and tired of being told by politicians and law-makers, who in large part are sex-obsessed control freaks, what I can and cannot do. MunsterX
  • Score: -7

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