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.
You are legally required to go to the pound within seven working days of the date of the seizure notice or notice letter to reclaim your vehicle.
When your vehicle was seized you will have been given a vehicle seizure form.
You will only be able to produce the relevant documents required for your vehicle to be released 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/pound to collect your vehicle during their stated opening hours.
You will need to pay the seizure fees and show the recovery operator your documentation before the vehicle is released.
We do not allow vehicles to be removed from a pound without insurance on a trailer of any kind.
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.
Proof of identity with valid photo ID
Valid driving licence
Your driving licence must be either:
If a vehicle 'in trade' has been driven on the road without a valid trade licence displayed, it must be registered to the owner immediately. The pound staff will send the relevant documents to DVLA on your behalf.
If your vehicle is over three years old and does not have a current MOT test pass certificate, you must:
The current registered keeper is responsible for taxing a vehicle. The road tax is not transferred when the vehicle is sold to a new keeper.
If the vehicle's tax has expired, the vehicle may be seized again by DVLA if it is driven or parked on a public road.
If you are driving under a provisional licence, you must bring someone who:
Make sure you have L plates on the vehicle.
If you are unable to attend the pound in person
As the registered keeper or owner of a seized vehicle, you are legally responsible for it and you must attend the pound in person to prove ownership and pay the charges.
This legal requirement will only be waived if you can provide evidence that:
If any of the above circumstances apply to you, the third party collecting the vehicle on your behalf must attend the pound with:
If you cannot drive the vehicle yourself
If you can attend the pound in person to establish your ownership but you cannot drive the vehicle yourself, you may nominate someone to collect it on your behalf.
The third party must pay the charges and have:
Collection by a third party
If your vehicle is being collected by another person on your behalf, that person must hold a valid driving licence and a valid certificate of motor insurance that allows them to reclaim the seized vehicle from a police pound.
The nominated driver should normally be named as an additional driver on the registered keeper's own motor insurance policy. Contact your insurer before coming to the pound if you are in any doubt.
The legal requirement for the impounded vehicle to have valid motor insurance before it leaves the pound applies, even if a recovery operator is collecting the vehicle from the pound on your behalf.
You will need to attend a police station in order to get authorisation for any property to be removed/collected from a seized vehicle.
We will only give property from the vehicle to the owner or registered keeper of the vehicle, or to the driver at the time of seizure.
We require proof of ID in all cases.
If the registered keeper or owner is collecting property, we will require proof of ownership or a V5C. The driver’s details can normally be confirmed from the seizure notice.
If the registered keeper or owner cannot come to the pound in person to collect the property, we will require a letter of authority and proof of signature.
If you do not want to reclaim your vehicle you don not need to take any action. We will dispose of it after 14 days.
If you need written confirmation that you are no longer responsible for the vehicle, go to the pound with proof of identity and ownership and sign a disclaimer form. You will receive a copy.
There are no charges to pay if the vehicle is left at the pound for disposal.
If your vehicle has been issued with a PG9 prohibition notice, is not roadworthy or will not start, you need to arrange for a fully trained, equipped and insured vehicle recovery operator to collect it at your own expense.
We do not allow vehicles to be repaired while they are at the pound (this includes changing tyres or repairing windscreens).
Where possible, the pound staff will try to help you with jump starting. You will have to sign a jump-starting indemnification form.
|Vehicle Position and Condition||
|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
|Vehicle, excluding a two wheeled vehicle, off road, upright and not substantially damaged||£200||£400||Unladen
|Vehicle, excluding a two wheeled vehicle, off road, upright and not substantially damaged or both||£300||£850||Unladen
|Daily storage charge||£20
(£10 for two wheeled vehicles)
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.