DVLA Continue to clamp Southport car tax dodgers March 6th, 2016 jmr jmr Latest News Shares Comments Photo: Clamped on Sandbrook Road, Ainsdale, Sunday 6 March If you don’t pay your car tax, either intentionally or because you ‘just forget’, you need to be aware that the penalties are severe. Many people think that an untaxed car on private land is safe from the grip of the authorities, but this is far from the truth. Unless you register a Statutory Off Road Notice (SORN) with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), then your vehicle still needs to be taxed, even if it is parked on private land, such as a company car park or your own driveway. Photo: Clamped(No Tax) Upper Aughton Road, SouthportPhoto: Tax dodger clamped on Churchgate, Southport, Thursday 3 March 2016 Penalties for not taxing your car These days, you should automatically receive a reminder to renew your car tax around two or three weeks before your car tax is due. This reminder contains a reference that you can use to tax your careasily online. However, while this help is automatic, so are the penalties. The computers at the DVLA know if you own a car and know if it is taxed or not, so they can act quickly to punish you if you break the rules. If you have not taxed your car within two weeks of the due date, you will receive an automatic £80 fine in the post. If you don’t pay this, you could face court, and a fine rising to £1,000. Taxing your car – it is easy Clearly it is in your interests to make sure your car tax is up to date and this is really easy to do online here. You don’t even need your car insurance or MOT documents as these are stored digitally and accessed directly by the system when you apply. However, you will need a valid car insurance policy, fully paid up, and an up-to-date MOT. If your car has been on a SORN, you will need to produce your documents (V5, Insurance and MOT certificate) at the post office or DVLA office in order to tax your car and end the SORN period. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 Email [email protected] Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected]– relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Related Comments comments!