Having only started driving a car 9 months ago, having passed my test when I was 17 years young (I am now 40!), I was a bit wet behind the ears, when it came to matters involving cars.
We bought a £500 Blue Renault Clio 1.2 back in the early part of last year. It had to be taxed and insured, which was promptly done. I was on the road. My father-in-law dealt with the purchase of the car and reged it with the address that we were staying at the time Lisburn Road Belfast. So I was driving away after a series of 5 refreshed lessons. 23 years since behind a wheel and I was loving the freedom it granted me. That freedom was to be very much hampered in just 7 months down the line.
Phone call from my wife, Rebecca went pretty much like this. “Ah Paul, there’s a clamp on our car”, me “seriously”, “why would our car be clamped”? Let me tell you why and the drip feed processes, that the DVLA uses in order to scam monies from the unwitting public.
It turns out that the reminder was sent to our old address, on Lisburn Road, as that was the details on the V5C form, filled in by my kind Father-in-law. I, being the novice that I was, did not know that when I changed my address, that the car form needed to be resubmitted also. I innocently thought that the driving licence was all that was required. This was my first and only mistake, albeit a massively glaring one.
Well, the reminder for the TAX renewal, was sent to our old address and had run out on 01 SEPT 2015. Our car was clamped, outside our own door at 13:54hrs on 10/11/15. So 71 days approximately, after the TAX had lapsed. If I am being completely honest, my wife Rebecca did think in October that it was due for renewal. We decided to wait for the confirmation, that would never actually arrive. Bad move, an innocent one, yet a costly one.
Here is the leaflet we were left to gaze at in shock, with the car clamped outside. Oh the shame!
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