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Here, you can find out how to reclaim a vehicle that has been seized under Section 165A of the Road Traffic Act 1988. This means an officer had reasonable grounds to believe that the driver was uninsured or was not driving in accordance with their driving licence.
If your vehicle has been impounded for another reason, go to our impounded vehicles page.
When your vehicle was seized, if the driver gave the officer an email address, a seizure notice will have been sent to them. You'll find the details of how to reclaim your vehicle and the ID documentation you need to take with you to a police station on the seizure notice.
If the driver didn't give an email address, the officer will have told them which police station to go to and which ID documentation you need to take with you.
You have seven working days to go to the relevant police station to prove your identity, then you'll be able to collect your vehicle from the recovery garage.
You'll find full details about the statutory charges you'll have to pay in the Road Traffic Act (Retention and disposal of seized vehicles) Regulations 2005 – amended 2008.
These charges are set by government, not the police, and vary depending on the weight and condition of the vehicle.
Please note, the daily storage charges start from midday on the next working day after the vehicle was seized.
If your vehicle is over three years old and doesn't have a current MOT test pass certificate you can only drive it on a public road from the recovery garage to an MOT testing station. You must:
If your vehicle has been issued with a PG9 prohibition notice, isn’t roadworthy or won’t start, you need to arrange for a fully trained, equipped and insured vehicle recovery operator to collect it at your own expense.
If you’re driving under a provisional licence you must bring someone who:
Make sure you have L plates on the vehicle.
Bring a set of keys, in case the driver (if you weren't the driver) didn't leave the keys in the vehicle.
If your vehicle doesn’t have correct number plates and you’re planning on driving it, you must attach valid replacement plates when you collect it.