Epping Forest District Council are currently operating an untaxed vehicles scheme using powers devolved from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). This scheme operates under The Vehicle Excise Duty (Immobilisation, Removal and Disposal of Vehicles) Regulations 1997. This legislation allows for the instant removal of untaxed vehicles located on the public highway. Abandoned vehicles are not included as part of the scheme (see below).
If you leave an untaxed vehicle on the public highway, it can be clamped or removed.
Can I recover my vehicle if it is removed?
Vehicles are removed by a contractor and if you would like to recover your vehicle, you will need to contact them to arrange this and pay the following fees to have your vehicle released:
• £100 in the first 24 hours after the vehicle has been clamped/impounded or £200 thereafter.
• A surety fee of £160 (which is refunded if the keeper is able to show evidence that vehicle tax has been paid within 15 days) if there is no proof that the vehicle has been taxed.
• £21 per day storage charge after 24 hours (from the time of the offence).
You will also need to produce a valid V5C registration certificate. If you do not possess this, you will need to pay £25 and complete a V62 form. A form of ID will also be required.
For further information on the release of a vehicle please visit :
For any queries on the removal of your vehicle please contact: 01708 526760
What is the difference between an untaxed vehicle and an abandoned vehicle?
Abandoned vehicles generally have signs that they are not in use (see abandoned vehicles). However, not all abandoned vehicles are untaxed. There are vehicles which may be being used on the public highway that are untaxed only. These vehicles will be targeted under the untaxed vehicle scheme.
How do I report an untaxed vehicle?
If you believe a vehicle to be untaxed, you can report it to on line at:
or in writing to:
Enforcement Centre, D12, DVLA , Longview Road, Swansea, SA7 0XZ