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DVLA reveals list of quirky items found in untaxed carsBack

The DVLA recently revealed a list of some of the items found in untaxed cars that were clamped and impounded in the last 12 months.  Among the everyday items you might expect to find in a car, there were also some rather odd items to boot.

A quad bike, full set of drums, jockey helmets and even half a corner sofa were among the weird and wonderful items among nearly 600 sets of personal belongings discovered in untaxed cars in the last year. Also included in the list were the following:

  • an acoustic guitar complete with accessories, stand and carry-case
  • bathroom toilet with seat
  • fishing rods complete with tackle
  • ‘Beavis & Butthead’ trading cards
  • full drum kit complete with Cort ‘Groove Engine GE15B’ amplifier set
  • a quantity of men’s torso mannequins
  • a highly collectible Louis Wain book of illustrated cats from the 1920s
  • a full set of golf clubs

Any personal belongings found in impounded vehicles are catalogued and stored for a period of time in case they are claimed, before being made available for sale.

Taxing your car is a legal requirement, and if you’re caught behind the wheel of an untaxed car you could face heavy fines.

To find out if your vehicle has up-to-date vehicle tax or has been registered as off the road (SORN), visit Before you start you process make sure you have your vehicle’s registration number to hand.

You can also anonymously report an untaxed vehicle on a public road by visiting If you believe a vehicle to be untaxed, make a note of the vehicle registration number, make, model and colour of the vehicle and the street name, town and postcode where the vehicle is parked. You will not be able to report the vehicle without these details.

The DVLA’s Head of Enforcement Tim Burton said: “Having your car clamped is expensive and inconvenient – and as this list of items shows, you could end up losing more than just the car!

“DVLA operates a range of measures to make vehicle tax easy to pay and hard to avoid. While the vast majority of motorists do the right thing and tax their cars correctly, it is right that we take action against those that break the law and fail to tax their car. It’s never been easier to tax your car – it’s just a few clicks to do it online and you can do it 24 hours a day. You can also spread payments across the year by Direct Debit, so there really is no excuse.

“The law is clear and so are the consequences – tax it or lose it.”

For further information on taxing a vehicle, including how to carry out the process online, visit

Posted by Leana Kell on 12/09/2018