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    Q362: My vehicle has been clamped/seized – how can I get it released?

    Vehicle seized because driver had no driving licence or insurance
    In order to get your vehicle released you must:

    • Prove you are the registered keeper/owner of the vehicle.
    • Pay the charges for the removal/retention of the vehicle.
    • Produce at the police station specified on the notice a valid certificate of insurance covering your use of the vehicle and a valid driving licence authorising you to drive it.

    On some occasions the driver of a vehicle will be unable to satisfy the document requirements i.e. they will not have a valid driving licence or certificate of insurance. However, provided they can prove they are the registered keeper/owner and have paid the relevant fees they can nominate a third person to remove the vehicle. The third person must have a valid driving licence and a certificate of insurance covering that person to use the vehicle. The easiest way to show that you are the registered keeper of a vehicle is to produce your V5 registration document.

     

    If you don't know how much the release fees will be for your vehicle or you want further clarification on how to release your vehicle, you will need to contact the police force that seized it via the non-emergency 101 number and clarify the matter with them.

     

    Vehicle seized because it was being used antisocially
    In order to get your vehicle released you must:

    • Prove you are the registered keeper/owner of the vehicle.
    • Pay the charges for the removal/retention of the vehicle.

    If you don't know how much the release fees will be for your vehicle or you want further clarification on how to release your vehicle, you will need to contact the police force that seized it via the non-emergency 101 number and clarify the matter with them.

    Vehicle clamped/seized because it was untaxed
    The link below explains what you need to do:

    https://www.gov.uk/get-a-clamped-or-impounded-vehicle-released

    Vehicle clamped/seized in relation to parking
    It's a criminal offence to clamp/block/tow away a vehicle without lawful authority. Only the police, DVLA and local councils (this includes bailiffs) are now legally entitled to clamp vehicles. If your vehicle has been clamped/removed by anyone else, you should report the matter to your local police via the non-emergency 101 number. See Q528 for further information on wheel clamping.

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