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Police seizure scheme

I work for a recovery company that works for the police and we recover and store cars for the police. A lot of the vehicles we recover are part of the seizure scheme.
This is in order to get vehicles off the road that are either not insured, have no mot or driver does not have a valid driving license.
I know the system inside out and if anybody wants any advice on this scheme or needs any advice as to how you get your car back, ask away. I will help all i can.

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If the owner hasn't got a licence,insurance,MOT or tax,then the car should be broken up for spares......and may be even the owner too!.

Do the police seize many cars,and if their not claimed,what happens to them?.

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If a car is seized for any reason relating to insurance, mot, license or tax. The owner gets 7 working days (we actually allow 2 weeks) to get thier particulars in order and collect thier vehicle. If it is not collected in this time the vehicle will be disposed of.
Depending on the value of the vehicle it will either be crushed, broken for spares (at a reputable vehicle breaker) or will be auctioned.
The offending driver will also be prosecuted by the police.
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Sadly the Police cannot seize vehicles without MOT or valid tax.

I assume you refer to S.165 Road Traffic Act 1988 which allows Police to seize motor vehicles being driven on a road where officers must have reasonable cause to believe the driver is uninsured or driving outwith the terms of his licence or in fact has no licence at all. This does allow the OWNER, not necessarily the same as the driver, at the time of seizure a 7 day period in which to claim their vehicle. To do that they must produce proof of ownership, a valid drivers licence and a valid certificate of insurance sufficient to cover third party risks.

Costs are 105 for uplift and a further 12 a day storage with an aditional 35 for collection of the vehicle out of office hours.

If the driver of the vehicle drives without insurance and they are commiting no other offences they are also issued a conditional offer of fixed penalty which is a 200 (might be 250 would have to check) fine and 5 penalty points which is the minimum penalty set by the Courts. If additional offences are noted they are reported direct to the Court. This is regardless of wether they reclaim the car.

The release fee is paid to the garage not the Police.

DVLA have the power to seize vehicles not displaying current tax for which a release fee of 80 is required along with the production of a valid tax disc. They only do this after the vehicle has been clamped and no contact made from the owner following a 24 hour period. The back tax must be paid.
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Vehicle Confisication

Last year I was working near Redhill in Surrey (not far from Gatwick Airport) and was late for work one morning because the police and the DVLA were doing roadside checks. Was told that they did it quite regularly on that piece of road because a) they always caught loads of untaxed / uninsured cars b) it was a stretch of road that once you were on it and realised what was going on you had no chance of avoiding it (no side roads and too narrow to turn round and go back without raising suspicion) and c) there was a hotel car park where they could direct drivers to for further questioning.

In the morning there was already several cars on a transporter and they were still at it when I drove past in the evening and saw a different set of cars on the transporter.

Presumably the cars were not impounded but because the drivers were not insured then they were not allowed to drive away and "arrangements" were made by the police, on the drivers' behalf, to move the vehicles from the road to a secure storage facility.

This I think is where the removal and storage charges come in and people loose their cars because they cannot or do not want to pay.
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