Several untaxed luxury cars, which had been parked long-term on a residential road in Furzedown, SW16, were recently removed following numerous complaints by residents culminating in intervention by the local MP, Sadiq Khan.
While it is not unusual for an MP to report untaxed cars to the DVLA in order to get them removed, what is unusual in this case is the length of time it took for the DVLA to remove them and what this revealed about what the MP came to suspect was an "unorthodox parking arrangement”.
Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, said: “Several calls were made both from residents and then from my office to the DVLA over several months urging action to remove these illegally parked cars, without success. On one occasion, the DVLA reported back that the enforcement company they use had attended but had found no illegally parked cars and on another occasion I was told that the enforcement company had found the cars on bricks which meant their tyres were not strictly touching the road and so they couldn’t be removed. There always seemed to be a reason why the cars had to remain. In the end, exasperated by the lack of enforcement, I contacted the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP, to express the frustration of my constituents and urge that action be taken. Even that did not bear fruit and the cars stayed put”.
the road where the untaxed luxury cars had been taking up space for residents
The story could have ended there, with the MP and residents simply being told that nothing could be done, had it not been for the persistence of local residents, some of whom pointed out that the cars had never been on bricks. When Sadiq Khan requested photographic evidence of the cars on bricks, the enforcement company was unable to provide any.
“Something wasn’t adding up”, said Sadiq Khan. “It became apparent that there may have been some kind of unorthodox parking arrangement and when I reported my suspicions to the DVLA, the cars were removed the same day”.
The DVLA told Sadiq Khan in a statement that their contractors “have confirmed that they will visit the area again in the near future in order to sight any untaxed vehicles”.
Sadiq Khan said: “This was community team work in action and I am extremely grateful to all who helped resolve this problem”.