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Cocksandrubbers Tue 17-Jan-17 09:10:02

I bought a car last night which my friend bought round for me, I've got up this morning to tax it so I can drive it as I've looked out the window it is being clamped for being untaxed. I ran out of the house to find out what was happening and told them I had just bought it and am taxing it I have proof of purchase plus email from dvla to show it's taxed but they are refusing to remove the clamp unless I pay £100 for it only being on 11 mins.
Is there anything I can do? I've had to get my mum to take dcs to school and there's no way I can get to work

Littledrummergirl Tue 17-Jan-17 09:14:47

You could pay the £100 release fee. Why did you not tax it last night? It's easy to do online and they don't take payment straight away.

HunterHearstHelmsley Tue 17-Jan-17 09:15:06

You should have taxed it before you parked it on the road.

Hamiltoes Tue 17-Jan-17 09:16:42

Tax isn't transferable now so you have to tax it before you purchase the vehicle. Expensive lesson I'm afraid but the proof of purchase would have been the proof they needed to know it wasn't taxed.

Thecatmademedoit Tue 17-Jan-17 09:17:33

I doubt there's anything you can do.

You broke the law, no idea why you wouldn't have taxed it immediately confused

Sirzy Tue 17-Jan-17 09:18:20

Your only option is to pay it. I would phone the dvla to make sure it's legit first though!

If it was parked on the road and untaxed then it was illegal no matter how short a period of time it was

Cocksandrubbers Tue 17-Jan-17 09:18:30

I didn't park it my friend dropped it off as I bought it off her she posted the keys through my letterbox as o was asleep she thought it was still taxed as she was paying by direct debit.
I know that as a new owner I have to tax it myself which is why I was doing it before I drove it.

MidnightSheep Tue 17-Jan-17 09:19:40

It's not taxed though. The law changed a while back. When the owner sells it the road tax immediately expires, regardless of how long is left. It is the responsibility of the new owner to tax it before taking it on the road.

You've got no choice but to pay up - lesson learned!

Timmytoo Tue 17-Jan-17 09:19:47

It must have been untaxed for s while. I couldn't afford to tax mine as I lost my job once for 6 months on road parking. I got two warnings before it was clamped.

LIZS Tue 17-Jan-17 09:21:19

Had she already cancelled or not renewed her tax ? Did you tax it for January?

Aroseforemily Tue 17-Jan-17 09:23:16

If you've just bought it how do the DVLA know, or has your friend not had it taxed?
Can you change ownership online now and that's passed me by?

Sirzy Tue 17-Jan-17 09:23:46

Had the log book been signed over and posted off? Otherwise it sounds like if it's not taxed it was actually her responsibility

Cocksandrubbers Tue 17-Jan-17 09:24:37

midnight it is taxed! I know the law has changed which is why I taxed it when I woke up this morning as I had just got the keys and logbook/green slip.

PatriciaHolm Tue 17-Jan-17 09:24:54

If the DVLA systems think it's not taxed, either she's not taxed it for January, or the documents on change of ownership were sent off a while ago in which case you would have known to tax it from that point, surely?

mintthins Tue 17-Jan-17 09:26:28

Make sure you are insured too!

PatriciaHolm Tue 17-Jan-17 09:27:14

So it was taxed as of this morning but not last night - so presumably she informed DVLA online yesterday that the car had been sold but it was left on the road untaxed over night?

WatchingFromTheWings Tue 17-Jan-17 09:27:41

It should have been taxed by you before it was picked up. You broke the law so you'll have to pay up in afraid.

Aroseforemily Tue 17-Jan-17 09:28:10

Whose name is the V5/ log book in?

catsarenice Tue 17-Jan-17 09:28:41

There's no way the dvla would know it was untaxed between her bringing it round and you taxing it this morning. She can't have taxes it or perhaps if she had it off the road it had been declared as SORN and it then got clamped as obviously it was on the road.

PatriciaHolm Tue 17-Jan-17 09:29:07

You can tell DVLA online of a change of ownership now yes, which means the tax in your name becomes immediately void and the new owner needs to pay the tax immediately.

JennyOnAPlate Tue 17-Jan-17 09:29:46

How did the dvla know to find the car at your house? confused

Littledrummergirl Tue 17-Jan-17 09:29:51

If you taxed it this morning why did you not show them the confirmation email? This will have the time you taxed the car/they sent the confirmation on it.

As pp have said they won't know you've bought it yet if you haven't sent off the logbook. If you have sent off the logbook it should already be taxed in your name.
An expensive mistake.

Bluntness100 Tue 17-Jan-17 09:29:54

When did uou buy it? That's fairly quick the way you've written it, it sounds like you bought it last night and it was taxed first thing this morning.

I'd guess ownership was transferred earlier than indicated and as such there has been enough time for them to get the clampers round to uou.

You will have to just pay it, it's a fair cop.

Cocksandrubbers Tue 17-Jan-17 09:29:56

It is taxed!! And insured done it this morning before I drove the car.
I only have the green slip which was posted through my door last night. I am the legal owner of the car as of today, it is showing on the dvla system as taxed by me.

JennyOnAPlate Tue 17-Jan-17 09:30:30

Ah x post with patricia. I assumed the log book still had to be posted to dvla.

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