DVLA lists the items found in impounded vehicles. Image: Open Government Licence v3.0

Driver has nowhere to go as toilet is found in impounded car

The DVLA has released a list of some of the items found in untaxed cars that were clamped and impounded in the last 12 months. As well as everyday items, some unusual artefacts came to light.

The list includes:

  • 3 jockey helmets
  • Off-road quad bike
  • An acoustic guitar complete with accessories, stand and carry-case
  • Half a corner sofa
  • Bathroom toilet with seat
  • Fishing rods complete with tackle
  • ‘Beavis & Butthead’ trading cards
  • Full drum kit complete with Cort ‘Groove Engine GE15B’ amplifier set
  • A quantity of men’s torso mannequins
  • A highly collectible Louis Wain book of illustrated cats from the 1920s
  • Full set of golf clubs

DVLA’s Head of Enforcement,Tim Burton, 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!”

Any personal belongings found in impounded vehicles are catalogued and stored for a period of time in case they are claimed, before being made available for sale.

The DVLA writes to the keepers of all vehicles to remind them when their tax is due. That’s why it’s so important for motorists to let DVLA know if they’ve changed address.

Various methods are available to ensure your vehicle taxed

Tim Burton said:

“The 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.”

Where an untaxed vehicle is clamped the motorist will have to pay a release fee of £100. If they cannot show that the vehicle has been taxed there is a surety fee of £160.

This 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.

If a vehicle is declared off the road (SORN) it must be kept off the road, on private land.

For more information visit DVLA.