Drivers could face having their vehicle clamped and being hit with a fine for not paying car tax, even if the car is exempt from vehicle tax.
The warning comes after an unsuspecting driver with a low carbon emissions level was clamped and fined Â£100 for not having ‘paid’ the car taxÂ â€“ despite the outstanding payment being zero.
However, the DVLA has said that all vehicles must be licensed even if the car is exempt.
This applies to all cars belowÂ the carbon emissions level, vehicles used by a disabled person, disabled passenger vehicles, mobility scooters, powered wheel chairs and invalid carriages.
The full list of exemptions are available on the Government’s website.
All vehicles must be licensed
A DVLA spokesman said: â€œThe law requires that a vehicle licence must be renewed on an annual or six-monthly basis.
â€œThis applies to vehicles which have a nil rate of vehicle tax, meaning they do not attract a payment.
â€œThis requirement helps us maintain accurate vehicle records, which is important for road safety purposes and traceability.
â€œWe make it clear in all our messages that all vehicles must be licensed, even if the vehicle is subject to a nil rate of vehicle tax and does not attract a payment.â€
‘It makes no sense’
Sharon Taylor from Kirkcaldy had her Peugot 208 clamped and was fined Â£100 for not paying the vehicle tax, which was zero.
Taylor said:Â â€œMy car is below the carbon emission level so there is no value to my road tax. I told them this. They said I should have â€œpaidâ€ it on their website anyway and said I could receive a fine that may be up to five times the amount of my road tax.
“And they actually sent me a bill for it, saying I owe then five times zero! It makes no sense.”
TaylorÂ added: “I had received no reminder whatsoever, not via email or through the post telling me that I had to register anyway. It is confusing and all in all itâ€™s cost me Â£100.”