I would have posted about this on Monday only the forum was down. I bought my 2008 Vectra last week and picked it up on Monday of this week. Now I work, so could not pick the car up until about 5.30pm. The Vectra was not taxed, and the DVLNI offices close at 4pm, so by the time I had finalised the purchase and therefore had the log book (needed to actually re-register and tax the car) I could not tax it that day. On my way home I ran into a road block being operated by the police with a DVLNI car tax patrol van. I was pulled over by the police who told me to drive over to the DVLNI van. Despite explaining that I had just bought the car (and showing them the documents to prove it), they were going to clamp the car. Now this was just beside a really bad 'council' estate and on a main road during the later stages of rush hour. If I had let hem clamp the car, I have no doubt that it would have been vandalised before I could have taxed it and paid any fine the next day to get it released. Given this and how ****** unreasonable this was, I drove off before they could clamp the car.
Now 4 days later I still have heard nothing. True at the time the car was not registered in my name, but just as I had always intended to, I taxed and registered the car in my name the very next morning (I actually was waiting outside the DVLNI office in Ballymena at its opening time). I am still nervous that some trouble will come from this, but there was no way I was going to have may car immobilised in that location, especially as I am not a car tax dodger and when taxed it is essentially taxed back to the beginning of August. Are the police/officials no longer capable of using common sense and discretion?
To make it worse both the police and the DVLNI were actually breaking the law. The DVLNI had parked their van on the footpath completely blocking it and the police had parked their Vectra blocking the outer lane of the road during clear way! The police my act as if they are above the law, but they are not.