Motorists in Dundee have been targeted in a clampdown on unpaid road tax.
More than 30 vehicles have been clamped in the city since Monday by DVLA national wheel-clamping contractor NSL.
The Tele visited one hotspot yesterday on Guthrie Street, where three vehicles a silver Toyota Celica, a black BMW 1 Series and a red Audi A4 had been marked due to non-payment of tax. Two had been clamped and all three had large notices pinned to their windows regarding the non-payment of road tax.
Round the corner on Blinshall Street sat a light blue Nissan Micra which had also been immobilised by the authorities.
All of the cars had also been given parking tickets from Dundee City Council parking attendants and the local authority has since confirmed that the cars were illegally parked before they were clamped.
There were also vehicles on Forest Park Road that had been clamped due to not having valid tax in place.
A DVLA spokesman said: “DVLA operates a comprehensive 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.”
In January, the Tele reported that a similar initiative where DVLA officers were stationed at busy traffic hotspots on the Kingsway and Riverside Drive had caught out 19 untaxed drivers.
The owners of the vehicles can expect to pay a fee of 100, which could rise to 200 if the car is not picked up within 24 hours and for each day that the car is kept in storage a further fee of 21 is added.
While road users were previously required to display a valid tax disk on their vehicle, this is no longer necessary.
Since October last year, authorities can now check an electronic database which is automatically updated as to the status of vehicles.
The move is said to save the UK Government up to 10 million per year and the change was brought about due to paper discs becoming inconvenient to motorists and tax collecting administrators.
The previous system was brought in on January 1 1921 with the intention of acting as evidence that road tax had been paid.
The rise of the internet and online databases which store the details mean this is no longer necessary.