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Vehicle Recovery

The police have a power to seize immediately, vehicles which are detected being driven by uninsured drivers or drivers who do not have a valid licence, and for the vehicle to be removed, released or disposed of in accordance with regulations made by the Secretary of State.

What happens next?

When your vehicle was seized you will have been given a vehicle seizure form.

You will only be able to reclaim your vehicle Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm, at the police station specified on the seizure form.

Once your documents have been validated, your seizure form will be stamped, authorising the release of your vehicle.

You can then attend the vehicle recovery operator to collect your vehicle.

You will need to pay the seizure fees and show the recovery operator your documentation before the vehicle is released.

What documents will I need to bring?

When you attend the police station to reclaim your vehicle you must bring with you:

  • The vehicle seizure form (if lost a temporary one will be issued by the police)
  • Valid driving licence
  • Current insurance documents for the seized vehicle
  • The full vehicle registration document (V5C) or sufficient proof of ownership

In cases where you are unable to provide all of the above you will not be able to reclaim your vehicle from the recovery agent.

How much will it cost?
  1. Vehicle equal to or less than 3.5 tonnes MAM
    (All two wheeled vehicles are charged at £150 irrespective of location or condition)*

  2. Vehicles exceeding 3.5 tonnes MAM but equal to or less than 7.5 tonnes MAM*

  3. Vehicles exceeding 7.5 tonnes MAM but equal to or less than 18 tonnes MAM*

  4. Vehicles exceeding 18 tonnes MAM*
Vehicle Position and Condition

1*

2*

3*

4*
Vehicle on road, upright and not substantially damaged. Any two wheeled vehicle whatever its condition or position on or off the road £150 £200 £350 £350
Vehicle, excluding a two wheeled vehicle, on road but either not upright or substantially damaged or both £250 £650 Unladen
£2000
Unladen
£3000
Laden
£3000
Laden
£4500
Vehicle, excluding a two wheeled vehicle, off road, upright and not substantially damaged £200 £400 Unladen
£1000
Unladen
£1500
Laden
£1500
Laden
£2000
Vehicle, excluding a two wheeled vehicle, off road, upright and not substantially  damaged or both £300 £850 Unladen
£3000

Unladen
£4500

Laden
£4500
Laden
£6000
Daily storage charge £20
(£10 for two wheeled vehicles)
£25

£30

£35
What happens if I don’t believe my vehicle should have been seized?

You will still need to follow the above procedure and pay the recovery charges.

You will then need to fill out the Make a Complaint form

The case will be reviewed to find out if you are eligible for a refund.