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Crush fate for vehicles with no tax; 118 ARRESTED SINCE NEW POWERS.

VEHICLES seized for having no tax across the West Midlands will be brought to Coventry to be crushed.

Police have seized a number of vehicles since gaining new powers to tackle unlicensed cars and will start crushing on Monday.

On the first day of gaining the new powers in May, 15 vehicles were taken off the streets for having no tax.

Three owners paid up on the spot but the remaining 12 cars will be crushed at Rowleys recoverers in Coventry on Monday.

In the first four weeks of gaining the powers officers have seized 304 vehicles and arrested 118 people.

West Midlands Police were the first force in the country to take on the new powers in May.

There are believed to be 86,000 untaxed vehicles on West Midlands roads.

Until now, there have been no powers available to police to seize vehicles being used without insurance or tax.

Through the new powers vehicles will be targeted through the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system.

Anyone without tax will have their vehicle seized until they pay a release fee and buy tax.

If the vehicles are not claimed in 14 days they will be crushed. Those worth more than pounds 2,000 will be sold.

Police say a large proportion of unlicensed vehicles are used by criminals, and the majority end up being abandoned or torched.

Seventy three per cent of drivers using cars without tax and 89 per cent without insurance have criminal records, according to police.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 10, 2004
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