Charges apply when a vehicle is seized by the police or recovered on behalf of members of the public.

Section 165A of the Road Traffic Act 1988 gives the police a specific 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 (WT840 or WT841). You will only be able to reclaim your vehicle Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm, and this must be 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 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 in this form.

The Vehicle Recovery Unit will then decide if you are eligible for a refund.

If your insurance company has failed to update the Motor Insurance Bureau with your policy details you will not get a refund. You will need to contact your insurance company directly.

The documents you need

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

  • The vehicle seizure form
  • 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.

How much will this cost?

Charges apply when vehicles are recovered or seized by police. View a table of these charges.


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