Taxing our patience

Tim sent us this picture he took in Brockley Cross today. No comment.

32 comments:

Lep Recorn said...

If that means that they have been clamped, then they will remain in an obstructing location?

Seb Blatter said...

Yes, prior to being towed away and being the subject of a thumping fine to have them released. Would have thought the minimum you would expect a vehicle hire company to have is an MOTed, insured, taxed fleet. It would appear one of those is beyond them. Makes you wonder about the other two.

Anonymous said...

How out of date are they? Is it a day or something silly?

Brockley Nick said...

Ran out end of April.

Anonymous said...

Oops!

Brockley Ben said...

Presumably at least three or four weeks given it's nearly the end of the month.

This happened to me a few years ago when an old banger I owned basically died. I think I was nearly two months out of date by the time they clamped it but they'd lifted the car within a couple of days after that.

In other motoring news, thanks a bunch to the idiot who keyed my car the other night. Must have been hilarious.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Brockley Ben- nice to know you left an untaxed vehicle clogging up the streets, rather than taking responsibility for your junk... Nope, don't worry... the taxpayer will pay to take it away!

Anonymous said...

To be fair it's very hard to SORN a vehicle when you live in Brockley as none of us have driveways.

Seb Blatter said...

Calm down anon @18:11, no one died. The point is that a thoughtless local business couldnt even be bothered to tax his vehicles let alone store them with some consideration to his neighbours.

By the way, I've had one speeding ticket and a couple of parking fines. So kill me.

Tim said...

Tim,

To be fair to Anon (can you pls find an identity), Ben is just as naughty as the van people. If we're going to get hacked off with the van people for not following the rules, then Ben should also cop his share.

Tim said...

I've no idea why I addressed that last post to myself!

Seb blatter said...

Pure speculation here but if a business centred on vehicle hire cant afford the road tax it must be in trouble, you're risking the impounding of your business. Either that or a cock up, which shows a woeful lack of organisation.

Ed CPZ said...

This really beggars belief!

I suspect these vehicles were targeted by the DVLA/Met and don't think this means we have been visited by wardens from outer Lewisham.

@Brockley Ben - infuriating and slightly depressing isn't it? I'll admit to laughing at the sight of a toyota sportscar that a spurned lover had adorned with the word 'w*nker' in spraypaint but keying cars, why?

In other motoring news, the barbershop carpark has been repaved. If you too would like your favourite pavement parking spot repaved why not ring the council?

Brockley Ben said...

I'm not proud of leaving the car on the street illegally but as someone else pointed out it wasn't easy to deal with. Best advice seemed to be to put a car cover over it so that it covered the numberplate. Apparently the clampers aren't allowed to look under the cover. I wasn't keen on this option.

FWIW I was actually on the phone to a local garage who agreed to come round and see if we could get it started and moved - maybe even fixed - when the firm who'd clamped it (and to whom I'd paid a fine) called me back to say that it had already been lifted. It would have been painfully and pointlessly expensive to retrieve it from the car pound they'd taken it to so in the end it was destroyed (although, thanks to the magic of Google, it lives on in cyberspace: http://ht.ly/564gp).

All fines paid. And lessons learned: don't buy old bangers on a whim just because they look cool.

Anonymous said...

I see from June you must have your vehicle Insured,even if it is off road,if it is off road you must get a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification)to be exempt.

bumbags said...

Amazing they think they can get away with this, and quite surprising- getting them released if they are impounded would cost A LOT.
I'm tempted to check the D&M van near the Wickham Arms to see if that's ticketed or taxed... might have a stroll out later...
Is the one by the station legal (taxed)? If not, is it ticketed?

Anonymous said...

I'd imagine that on the contrary they don't think they can get away with this and that it's far more likely to be an administrative error. No fleet firm would knowingly have untaxed vehicles on the roads!

Karma said...

Yes of course, you run a van hire company and you forget to pay the tax on your vans for 2 months from the date they expired.

Happens all the time... so many other things to think of... like where to park the buggers for free..

Monkeyboy said...

"admin Error" the only meaningful asset they own are a bunch of vans. Bit like a farmer 'forgetting' to milk the cows, until they explode in horrible yogurt themed disaster.

Matt-z said...

It seems the area was targeted over the long weekend, a car in my street in Crofton Park was clamped and then lifted, as well as these vans, plus I'm sure I drove past another clamped car on Wickham Road

Anonymous said...

Simples,get your vehicle taxed and this wont happen.

Stop said...

No one should ever use the word 'simples'.

Aleksander Orlov said...

Don't be son of mongoose, 'simples' is perfect word for the circumstance.

Ed CPZ said...

I don't agree that no one should use the word 'simples' [sic] but I (and hopefully many others) will judge you as having the intellect of child if you choose to do so. I trust this does not bother you.

bystander, chewing on a pencil said...

Who are you addressing from the high horse, Ed, a meerkat?

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

And at £126 who could resist?

http://www.steiffteddybears.co.uk/steiff-animal-range/

Not sure why Mungo I guess Alexander is copyrighted.

schadenfreude said...

This is good to see. I look forward to seeing the photos of the vans being towed away.

Anonymous said...

I hope people are not complaining now something is finally being done.just hope its not a five minute wonder and everything is back to normal next week.

Cheerleader said...

Ed, Ed Cee Pee Zed!

Ignore the meerkat's what he said.

Anonymous said...

Just shows the power of advertising,Simples

poppy said...

This thread is a bit spiteful.

bumbags said...

So, this afternoon I noticed the 'untaxed vehicle' signs have vanished from these two vans (no clamp- was there one?), and the van parked next to them has a tax disc that expired at end of May. So that's three untaxed vans taking up all the space...

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