Numerous vehicles in Bangor have been wheel clamped recently for being untaxed, and the owners could also face prosecution with fines of up to £1,000 as well as having to pay any arrears of vehicle tax owed plus costs.

Every vehicle registered in the United Kingdom must be taxed if used or kept on a public road. If the vehicle is kept off-road it must either be taxed or have a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) in force. If not it could be wheel clamped or removed. More than 3,800 untaxed vehicles were clamped last year in Wales.

If your vehicle is untaxed it can be wheel clamped or instantly impounded. To get your vehicle released you’ll need to pay a £100 release fee and buy a vehicle tax within 24hrs, after 24hrs the release fee goes up to £200 and if your vehicle is impounded there is also a storage charge of £21 per day.

If you refuse to pay you could be prosecuted with fines of up to £1,000 and your vehicle could either be disposed or sold after 7 days, or 14 days for more valuable vehicles.

A spokesperson for the DVLA said: “We write to the keepers of all vehicles to remind them when their tax is due. That’s why it’s so important to let DVLA know if you’ve changed your address. We don’t need to spot a vehicle on the road to take enforcement action but if we do, wheel clamping is an effective way to make sure that an untaxed vehicle is not driven on the road.

“It’s never been easier to tax your car, so there really is no excuse.

“We would rather not have to clamp or remove vehicles, but we do need people to understand the consequences of not taxing a vehicle. Having your vehicle clamped is expensive and inconvenient. Don’t take the risk – it just isn’t worth it.”