A vehicle doesn’t need to be seen on the road for an offence to have been committed. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) carry out a check of its records each month to identify untaxed vehicles. They have the authority to carry out enforcement action using the information held on their records.
As well as this, DVLA works in partnership with Redcorn, the police and local authorities in operating wheel clamping schemes. Using automatic number plate readers (ANPR) they identify, clamp and tow away untaxed vehicles on the public road.
If you don’t tax or SORN your vehicle you could be stopped by the police.
You’ll get an automatic penalty of £80, as well as paying for a new tax disc and any arrears of vehicle tax you owe.
Your vehicle could be clamped by one of DVLA’s wheel clamping partners. You’ll need to pay to have your vehicle released as well as producing a valid tax disc or surety fee if no disc is available. If you fail to pay, your vehicle will be impounded, incurring storage charges. If you don’t pay the release or storage fees, your vehicle could be crushed or sold.
New powers allow the police to seize impound and crush any car found without insurance. A pilot scheme was introduced in Durham in spring 2006 since then, police have impounded more than 1.200 cars, and of those around half have been crushed. Supported by a new national database and A.N.P.R technology Redcorn can now identify and remove uninsured vehicles from your borough.
The quantity of used vehicles that are not resold equates to over 2 million tonnes to be recovered or disposed of. 1.85 million Cars are recycled every year in the UK
20.000 tonnes of oil removed from vehicles by motorists is handled improperly. If oil finds its way into sewers and water courses it can cause significant contamination- one litre of waste oil is sufficient to contaminate one million litres of water and oil poured onto the ground will affect soil fertility
When disposed of in landfill sites tyres in large volumes can cause instability by rising to the surface of the site affecting its long term settlement and therefore posing problems for future use and land reclamation. Rubber materials contain proportions of organic chemicals and little is known about the lasting effects of these chemicals.
Secondary restraint systems used in vehicles consist of airbags and seat belt pre-tensioners. Air bags became standard components in UK-produced vehicles in 1993. Some air bags are only activated as a result of certain types of collisions, so occasionally the bag is un-detonated and in the absence of manufacturers’ deployment instructions, a strict procedure should be followed in order to disarm the bag safely. Air bags do not contain high value materials, so reclamation is not a viable option. In addition, because of the high product specifications and specialist installation procedures required to fulfil their safety purpose, reuse is not currently an option either.