A car dealer has told of his shock after seeing one of his vehicles being seized by clampers working for the DVLA, despite it being exempt from road tax.
Mike Bentley, of the CCM Halfway Garage, was storing the Peugeot in the car park of the Halfway House Pub, on St Annes Road, South Shore, as part of a long-standing agreement with the landlord.
The previous owner had filled in their V5 form to inform the DVLA the car had been sold in part-exchange.
This means it is deemed “within the motor trade” and does not require road tax.
But Mr Bentley says he was left stunned as he watched clampers take the vehicle away.
Mr Bentley (pictured) said: “I couldn’t believe it when it was seized because I have had this arrangement for the storage of vehicles for some time.
“But this car should not have been taken because it is deemed to be in the motor trade. It was a low mileage Peugeot in immaculate condition and I gave £1,100 for it on the part-exchange.
“Now they want more than £500 from me to get it back.
“I have now taxed all my cars which are being stored just to cover myself, but I want to warn other people who may have untaxed cars parked on private land that this could happen to them too.”
The vehicle was seized by VEAS (Vehicle Enforcement and Ancillary Services) on behalf of the DVLA, who said the vehicle was not sited on a motor traders premises.
A spokeswoman for VEAS added: “While motor traders are exempt from having to tax or SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) vehicles that are temporarily in their possession, the vehicle must be kept on business premises with any extension of business premises clearly identifiable.
“In this instance, the vehicle was confirmed as untaxed without a SORN.
“Where the vehicle was sited was not a motor trader’s premises, nor could it be deemed as an extension of business premises.
“As a result, the vehicle was clamped and removed.”