According to Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, in 2017/18, a total of 133,000 cars were clamped for unpaid tax alone, up shockingly 13% from the previous year.

Statistics estimated that £ 107 million was lost in tax evasion in 2017/18 following the clamping of supercars such as Bentleys and Rolls-Royces for unpaid tax crimes. Unpaid tax is not the only thing for which you can be clamped, drivers can also be clamped for basic reasons such as illegally parking or causing an obstruction.

What Can You Get Clamped For?

Citizens Advice states that police officers, local councils or the DVLA may clamp or remove vehicles illegally parked on roads or public land. If they are identified by the DVLA and the Motor Insurance Bureau, drivers who use their cars illegally by not paying road tax or car insurance may also face a clamp.

A vehicle may also be clamped by bailiffs or council officials if the owner has debts to settle with local officials, and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) also has the right to clamp cars that are considered dangerous to other road users. Private landowners are no longer permitted to clamp a vehicle parked on their land and it would be illegal to do so now.


If a person other than police officers, DVLA or local council officials have clamped or seized your car, it is advised to report the matter to a local police station for further investigation.

How To Get Your Car Released From A Clamp?

The process to get your car released from a clamp is very simple and can be accomplished almost instantly.

A slip on your vehicle would have been left by the official who put the clamp on your car. This is an INF32 leaflet and will provide you with information about who to contact and how much to pay. Call the number and follow the process of unclamping your car. Fines for an ordinary car are usually up to £ 200.

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No matter what is the situation is, don't try to force yourself off the side of the wheel as this could be criminal charges of damage. If the car has been seized because of no driver's license or insurance, drivers must demonstrate that they are the vehicle's registered owner and have a valid car insurance certificate. For car drivers clamped for anti-social reasons, motorists only have to show proof that they own the car and pay any fees to release the vehicle.