Tax your vehicle or risk it being recycled

Car tax dodgers are being told to get legal or face having their wheels crushed, cubed and recycled.

It may look like a piece of modern art but this is what happened to an untaxed Vauxhall Corsa.

Sophisticated technology is being used to target tax evaders. In partnership with the police and DVLA, Hackney’s parking team uses automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) to identify vehicles which are untaxed.

Last year 884 untaxed vehicles were taken away and almost half of them ended up like this one, stripped of all polluting materials and ready to be recycled.

Residents are also being urged to contact the council if they have an unwanted vehicle, instead of abandoning it and letting it become a hazard. Suspects abandoned vehicles should be reported as quickly as possible. Almost 2000 vehicles were investigated within 24 hours of being reported abandoned last year.

Cllr Alan Laing, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods said: “The message is simple: if you don’t want your vehicle to turn into recycled metal, make sure the tax is up to date. Or if you don’t want it, let us know and we’ll take it away for free. Do not just leave it sitting on the street.”

To surrender an unwanted vehicle or report an abandoned vehicle, visit, call 020 8356 3000 or email for further information.