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Reasons for seizing or recovering vehicles

There are several reasons why your vehicles may be seized or recovered by us:

Section 165A & B, Road Traffic Act 1988

Why has the vehicle been recovered?     

No valid certificate of insurance and/or no valid driving licence.

When can you get the vehicle back?

Once you have complied with the requirements of the issued ticket, see below.

How to get your vehicle back

You MUST obtain insurance for the vehicle that has a cover clause to allow the vehicle to be removed from a police compound.  It is suggested you discuss this with any insurer prior to attending the police station.

Attend the Police Station nominated by the officer when you were issued with the ticket to produce a valid Driving Licence, Certificate of Insurance and proof of ownership.

The Town Enquiry Officer will  check with the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) that the insurance is valid for the vehicle and driver and  if correct will complete a release form.

The release form will be sent to the Vehicle Recovery Department and the appropriate Recovery Agent.

You can then attend the Recovery Agent to collect your vehicle on payment of the charges due.

How long do you have to collect the vehicle after it has been released?

14 days.  If the vehicle hasn’t been collected within this time, it will be disposed of or sold

Who is responsible for the payment of the statutory recovery and storage fees?

The owner/person collecting the vehicle must settle all charges with the Recovery Agent at time of or prior to collection.

Section 99 Road Traffic Act 1988

Why has the vehicle been recovered?

  • Road Traffic Collision
  • Obstruction
  • Danger
  • Distraction
  • Stolen

This also prevents further loss/damage if left in situ.

When can you get the vehicle back?

Once a vehicle has been recovered, if the vehicle does not need to be retained, a letter will be sent to the registered keeper.  If the vehicle needs to be retained due to examinations being required then a letter will be sent once the investigative procedures are complete and the vehicle has been released.

How to get your vehicle back

You can arrange to collect the vehicle personally, or contact your insurance company who, if you have the appropriate cover, will arrange collection on your behalf.  If your vehicle had been stolen we recommend getting your vehicle safety checked at a Recovery Agent.

How long do you have to collect the vehicle after it has been released?

7 days. If the vehicle hasn’t been collected within this time, it will be disposed of or sold

Who is responsible for the payment of the statutory recovery and storage fees?

The owner or Insurance Company

Section 59 - Police Reform Act 2002    

Why has the vehicle been seized?

The vehicle has been used in a manner which causes alarm, distress or annoyance or other anti-social use.

When can you get the vehicle back?

Unless you have been instructed by the seizing officer, the vehicle can be collected immediately following payment of all fees due.

How to get your vehicle back

Attend the Recovery Agent, with photo identification and proof of ownership,  pay the statutory recovery and any storage fees due and you can drive the  vehicle away

How long do you have to collect the vehicle after it has been released?

14 days.  If the vehicle hasn’t been collected within this time, it will be disposed of or sold

Who is responsible for payments to the Recovery Agent for statutory recovery and storage fees?

Owner or person collecting.

DVLA Devolved Powers

Why has the vehicle been seized?

Failure to pay Vehicle Excise Duty

When can you get the vehicle back?

Once the vehicle has arrived back at the Recovery Agent’s premises.

How to get your vehicle back

You should have been given an INF32 information leaflet which outlines how to get your vehicle back but the following applies:

You will need to tax your vehicle prior to attendance at the Recovery Agent and show proof, in the form of either a Post Office receipt or a transaction reference number if taxed on line.  At the Recovery Agent pay all statutory recovery and storage fees due. The vehicle will then be released.

If you have not taxed the vehicle prior to attendance at the Recovery Agent you will be required to pay a surety fee of a minimum of £160 in addition to the recovery and any storage fees.  This surety will be refunded on proof of the excise duty being paid within 15 days of the vehicles release to the payee only.

If you are the owner/keeper of a foreign registered Vehicle (FRV) you should have been given an INF32 (FRV) leaflet which outlines how to get your vehicle back but the following applies:

You must pay the statutory recovery fee and any storage fees plus the surety fee and provide the following before the vehicle will be released:

  • Proof of Photo ID – Either a Driving Licence, Passport/National  ID Card or Photo ID Card
  • Proof of Address – Either a Medical Card, Bank Statement or Utility Bill
  • A document linking you to the vehicle - Either a non UK Vehicle Registration Document or Insurance Certificate. 

Once released you must register the vehicle in the UK and pay the relevant excise duty.    The vehicle can then be collected on proof of UK registration and payment of the excise duty.  You will have 56 days to do this following the release of the vehicle and then the surety fee will be refunded to the payee only

How long do you have to collect the vehicle after it has been released?

If the Value of the vehicle is:

  • Under £500 – 7 days
  • Over £500 – 14 days

If the vehicle hasn’t been collected within the relevant time frame the DVLA will authorise Lincolnshire Police to dispose of the vehicle.

Who is responsible for payments to the Recovery Agent for the statutory recovery and storage fees?

Owner or person collecting.

Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984

Why has the vehicle been seized?

It is required as evidence in a Police enquiry.

When can you get the vehicle back?

When the vehicle is no longer required for police enquiries and released by the Officer In Charge (OIC), a letter will be sent to the registered keeper/owner by the Recovery Agent advising the vehicle can be collected.

Vehicles recovered under this legislation may be retained for several weeks/months depending on the nature of the enquiry

How to get your vehicle back

Attend the Recovery Agent premises and pay any statutory storage fees due.

How long do you have to collect the vehicle after it has been released?

56 days. If the vehicle hasn’t been collected within this time, it will be disposed of or sold.

Who is responsible for payments to the Recovery Agent for storage and the recovery?

  • Statutory Recovery Fees – Police
  • Statutory Storage Fees (once released) – Owner

Retrieving your vehicle

How you get you vehicle back and where from depends on the reason your vehicle was seized.  

Not all vehicles are recovered with keys and therefore when arranging collection please ensure that keys are available and also that your vehicle is roadworthy if being driven away, including having the correct number plates attached.

Fees

DVLA release fees

 

Release fee

Surety fee

Within 24 hours of offence

£100

£160 for motorcycles, light passenger and light goods vehicles

£330 for buses, recovery haulage and goods vehicles

£700 for exceptional loads and heavy goods vehicles such as a large lorry or bus

Release from pound 24 hours or more after offence

£200

Storage

£21 per complete day at the pound (for an instant life, the first 24hrs is not chargeable)

Full fees must be paid before a vehicle is released.

Statutory removal fees

 

Vehicle not exceeding 3.5 tonnes Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM)

Vehicle exceeding 3.5 tonnes MAM, but not exceeding 7.5 tonnes MAM

Vehicle exceeding 7.5 tonnes MAM, but not exceeding 18 tonnes MAM

Vehicle exceeding 18 tonnes MAM

A – Vehicle on road: upright and not substantially damaged; all motorcycles, regardless of position, condition and circumstance

£150

£200

£350

£350

B – Vehicle on road: not upright, and / or substantially damaged

£250

£650

i. Unladen £2000

ii. Laden £3000

i. Unladen £3000

ii. Laden £4500

C – Vehicle off road: upright and not substantially damaged

£200

£400

i. Unladen £1000

ii. Laden £1500

i. Unladen £1500

ii. Laden £2000

D – Vehicle off road: not upright, and / or substantially damaged

£300

£850

i. Unladen £3000

ii. Laden £4500

i. Unladen £4500

ii. Laden £6000

Storage (Charged daily)

Two wheeled vehicles

Vehicle not exceeding 3.5 tonnes MAM

Vehicle exceeding 3.5 tonnes MAM, but not exceeding 7.5 tonnes MAM

Vehicle exceeding 7.5 tonnes MAM, but not exceeding 18 tonnes MAM

Vehicle exceeding 18 tonnes MAM

£10

£20

£25

£30

£35

Disposal

Two wheeled vehicles

Vehicle not exceeding 3.5 tonnes MAM

Vehicle exceeding 3.5 tonnes MAM, but not exceeding 7.5 tonnes MAM

Vehicle exceeding 7.5 tonnes MAM, but not exceeding 18 tonnes MAM

Vehicle exceeding 18 tonnes MAM

£50

£75

£100

£125

£150

 

Disputing the seizure or recovery of your vehicle

If you would like to dispute the seizure or recovery of your vehicle, please contact us:

Phone Vehicle Recovery – 01522 558125
Email – VRS@lincs.pnn.police.uk

Make a complaint

Write to:
Vehicle Recovery Scheme Officer
Police HQ
PO BOX 999
Lincoln
LN5 7PH

If you dispute the charges or wish to make a claim, you will still need to pay to get your vehicle back as your vehicle maybe disposed of before your dispute/claim can be resolved.

More help and support

Phone Vehicle Recovery – 01522 558125
Email – VRS@lincs.pnn.police.uk

02 Mar 20 11:20 AM

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