Ferrari auctioned over lapsed tax

A Ferrari has been seized by the authorities and sold at auction for £18,000 due to an out-of-date tax disc.

The £30,000 F348 was spotted in Ruskin Road, Worcester Park, south-west London, bearing a disc that expired four years ago, before being towed away.

When the owner failed to pay the fine and storage fees, the car was sold at auction

The former owner can cheer themselves with the thought that they are no longer liable for the £185-a-year road tax on the car or the dizzying cost of keeping the 3.4-litre V8 engine supplied with petrol.

The London borough of Sutton, where the car was seized, said it was keen to crack down on untaxed vehicles as they were often involved in crime. An untaxed Volkswagen parked in the borough last year was found to contain a cache of weapons including a machine gun, handguns and ammunition.

Councillor Colin Hall, deputy leader of Sutton Council, said: "Vehicle tax evasion is a crime and failure to pay could result in stiff penalties.

"The DVLA has the power to crush or sell on vehicles they seize if the owners fail to pay a fine and recover their vehicle. It doesn't matter if you have a Ferrari or a Fiat 500, tax your vehicle or face the consequences."

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