Nineteen drivers have been fined or had their vehicles clamped in Dundee after failing to pay road tax.
The DVLA has been carrying out roadside checks on the Kingsway and Riverside Drive over the past two weeks.
It has used automatic number plate recognition cameras to check drivers’ registration plates against a central database.
This method is now being used instead of the paper tax disc, which motorists no longer need to display but they still need to pay road tax online or by going to a Post Office.
Five of the vehicles were impounded and not collected, while 14 owners paid to have their cars released.
A DVLA spokeswoman said: “This was just business as usual for DVLA’s wheel clamping contractors in Dundee enforcement action was taken against 19 vehicles.
“DVLA operates a package of measures to ensure that vehicle tax is convenient to pay but very hard to avoid.
“Those who fail to tax their vehicles are subject to enforcement measures ranging from automated penalties from the vehicle record, through to direct enforcement action such as the wheel clamping, impounding and ultimately, disposal of the untaxed vehicle.”
Before any enforcement action is taken, the DVLA tries to encourage registered keepers to comply with legal obligations.
The last-chance reminder letter is issued to registered keepers who have not re-licensed their vehicle or made a statutory off-road notification (SORN) declaration on expiry of the previous licence or SORN.
Failing to pay road tax can be expensive after a vehicle is clamped by DVLA’s contractors, NSL Services Group Limited, the owner must pay a £100 fee.
If the vehicle is not released within 24 hours it is impounded and the release fee increases to £200. There is a £21 per day storage charge as well as the requirement to produce a valid tax disc or surety payment.
If the necessary release and storage fees are not paid, DVLA disposes of the vehicle.
The paper tax disc was scrapped by the UK Government in October after 93 years in operation, in an attempt to cut red tape and save the authorities £10 million a year.