Consequences – when the computer gets it wrong.

Arsonists destroyed a family car when it was left near a park overnight after being clamped by the DVLA, who thought it was untaxed.

Its owners claimed the £6,000 Vauxhall Zafira should not have been clamped, because it did have a tax disc.

Martin and Caroline George, from Bristol, parked their car near Durdham Downs in the city on Wednesday.

They said they had to leave it there overnight when DVLA officials refused to accept it was taxed and unclamp it.

It was set on fire during the night and when Mr and Mrs George, from the Lawrence Weston area of Bristol, arrived the next morning they found only a charred outline of where their car had been.

Receipt proof

The DVLA said the case was being investigated.

Mr George, 24, said: “It's a real nightmare. The car was taxed until the end of October, but they clamped it anyway. “We rang up the DVLA but they refused to release it and it was left overnight near the park. We paid for the tax disc in May and have a receipt to prove it. There's no question it could have fallen down from the windscreen, it was securely in place. We even took a photo on our mobile phone of the disc after it was clamped”.

“We're gutted. We've got no car and we don't know if the insurance will pay out on it.”

The couple found just the charred outline of where the car had been because the burnt-out shell of the Vauxhall had been removed by the city council after firefighters were called out to tackle the blaze at 0100 BST on Thursday morning.

A DVLA spokesman said: “DVLA is sorry to hear of the vehicle keeper's distress.

“The Agency cannot comment on a specific case with a third party. However, I can confirm that the case is being investigated and DVLA will be contacting the keeper direct on this matter.”


About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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