Sergio Romero, keeper for Manchester United, narrowly avoided facing a fine from the DVLA for not paying his road tax. His luxury Ferrari was almost taken away, but the towing truck couldn’t fit the supercar on their low loader.
Reports has revelled that the footballer has been driving for months without valid car tax, which is a legal requirement in the UK. Romero was stopped by police in Manchester city centre and his wife and two children were in the car with him. The incident took place on Victoria Street, at the bottom of Deansgate on Thursday 14th November, just before 5:30pm.
When the officers stopped the car and performed the required checks, they found the Ferrari was actually registered in Italy and had no tax. They then tried to seize the vehicle but found that it was too big to be taken away on the low-loader that had arrived.
Although his luxury car couldn’t be seized, he has now been reported to the DVLA, who are sometimes also referred to as the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency, and they have warned him that his vehicle will be confiscated if he doesn’t get the appropriate paperwork sorted out. The vehicle itself can be worth up to £300,000.
Following the event, the Greater Manchester Police twitter said “Italian reg Ferrari 314 nearly ended up on back of our low loader today on Victoria St; owner now UK resident. But too big + 2 kids stranded.”
They went on to add that the “Driver will now be reported, so doesn’t get away with it.”
Romero joined United by means of a free transfer last summer after previously spending four years in Italy. As it stands, he has only made four appearances for United so far, as he is playing understudy to David de Gea.
A spokesman for the Greater Manchester Police said “Shortly after 5:20pm on Thursday 14 January 2016, police stopped a foreign registered Ferrari 314 on Victoria Street in Manchester City Centre.”
He added “The owner is a UK resident and the car is believed to have been in the country for a number of months without being taxed or registered in the UK.”
Then he finished off by saying “The owner was reported to the DVLA and issued with a warning that if the car is not taxed and registered for use in the UK then it will be seized.”
Romero has not issued a statement.
Road tax has been a legal requirement in the UK since 1920. Up until October 2014, drivers would be issued a small paper tax disc that had to be displayed in the windscreen of their vehicle that showed the registration number of a car and the date the tax would expire. From October 2014, this system is no longer in use, as the paper disc is no longer required. Once you pay your car tax online, that is it, you will not receive anything to display in your car.
This new system has been met with a negative response from road users, with a recent survey revealing that 81% of drivers would prefer the old method of receiving a paper tax disc rather than the newer, modern approach.