Andrew driven around the bend after clamping charge led to £95 fine on top

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Andrew Murray paid £260 when his car got clamped for being untaxed and parked on a public road - he thought that was the end of it.

But several weeks later he got a letter from the DVLA demanding he pay a £95 fine for the same matter - and threatened with court action if he didn’t pay.

Andrew is now warning other motorists to be aware of the hidden costs.

Andrew had declared his VW Golf as SORN and had parked it outside his home on St Cecilias Road in Doncaster on May 2 so a scrapping company could collect it the following day.

While at work his car was clamped and he was given a fixed penalty notice for £260, which he paid using an automated service. Andrew says the company, NSL - contracted on behalf of the DVLA - told him this included a release fee and the DVLA fine.

His car was removed for scrapping and Andrew filled in all the relevant paperwork to show that he was no longer the owner. He thought that was the end of things.

But then, on May 29, Andrew received a letter from the DVLA stating he had to pay a £95 fine for the car being spotted on a public road on May 2.

Andrew paid the fine, but quickly appealed it. He wants other motorists that clamping companies don’t warn motorists of other payments, and that the first payment isn’t necessarily the last.

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A spokesman for NSL said: “NSL representatives advise motorists whose vehicles are parked in contravention of DVLA rules that a £260 fee applies to vehicles without a tax disc, or £100 if the motorist can produce a tax disc at the time of payment. If not, then the motorist has 14 days to claim back the surety fee of £160 once they have presented the valid tax disc.

“NSL is authorised to charge fees relating to the clamping of a vehicle, however these fees do not discharge the offence of an untaxed vehicle being kept or used on the public road.

“As using or keeping an untaxed vehicle is a separate offence to the wheel clamping offence, DVLA send an out of court settlement to the keeper of the untaxed vehicle. This is out of the scope of NSL’s activities.

“We always advise motorists that challenges can always be made in writing to DVLA at the address given on the out-of-court settlement, who then consider these on a case-by-case basis.”

A DVLA spokesman said the wheel clamping teams are authorised to charge fees relating to the clamping of the vehicle, these fees do not discharge the offence of an untaxed vehicle being kept or used on the public road.