Wyre Forest District Council and NSL (contractors for the DVLA) are working as a proactive partnership to remove untaxed vehicles from the highway.
The action comes in response to an increase in untaxed vehicles being left on grass verges and road sides which creates a nuisance and an obstruction for both householders and motorists.
Since November 2011 more than 200 vehicles have been dealt with in the Wyre Forest area. This means untaxed vehicles have been either been instantly removed, clamped and fined or issued with a warning notice.
Untaxed vehicles are reported in a number of ways to the DVLA, through Civil Enforcement Officers and by members of the public.
Councillor Marcus Hart, Leader of Wyre Forest District Council said
“The crew use an ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) system to ensure that vehicles are either untaxed or have been SORN (taken out of the taxable system).
“Once the vehicle is identified as untaxed it is clamped and the paperwork is served to the vehicle. It then gets lifted onto the back of a truck that is also fitted with towing bars so that more than one vehicle can be moved at the same time. The vehicles are then taken to the compound in Telford.
“Our work is all about keeping the place safe, clean and looking good which is why we have had a focus on untaxed vehicles on the highway.”
A recent blitz saw three vehicles lifted, two clamped and the fines paid, and three others received warning notices, in just one day.
Members of the public can report untaxed vehicles online by visiting www.gov.uk/report-untaxed-vehicle.