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Vehicle seizures & recoveries

Information about how to recover seized vehicles and the charges that apply.

Stolen vehicle information

We’ll make every effort to tell you that your vehicle has been found so that you can recover it yourself. If we are unable to contact you at that time and we think your vehicle is at risk of being stolen again or damaged, or if it’s causing an obstruction or hazard, we will arrange for it to be recovered to a secure location and tell you as soon as possible of its whereabouts so you can collect it. The cost of removal is your responsibility but usually covered by insurance. Whilst the vehicle is at the secure premises we’ll take the opportunity to forensically examine it.

If the vehicle is found outside Surrey, most other police forces will apply similar principles. To find out more, download the G58 document at the bottom of this page.

Seized vehicle information

The police have various powers to seize vehicles under anti-social behaviour legislation.

Section 59 powers
If you have driven your vehicle in an anti-social manner which has caused or was likely to cause alarm, distress or annoyance, or was being driven in a careless or inconsiderate manner and it has been seized by the police under Section 59 powers, download the S59 seized vehicle information document from the useful documents section.

Section 165A of the Road Traffic Act
If you have driven your vehicle without insurance and/or driving licence or failed to stop when required by police and there is a suspicion that the vehicle is uninsured and it has been seized by the police under Section 165A of the Road Traffic Act 1988, refer to the information in the S165 seized vehicle information document from the useful documents section.

Vehicle recovery information

If the vehicle has been recovered through the Surrey Police Vehicle Recovery Scheme the charges are statutory (as laid down in the Removal, Storage and Disposal of Vehicles – Prescribed Sums and Charges) Regulations 2008 and subsequent amendments. Download the vehicle recovery charges documentfrom the useful documents section on the right of this page.

View the following related procedures: 

Vehicles Driven by Uninsured Unlicensed Drivers (Section 165) -Seizure Retention and Disposal.

Vehicles Seized under Section 59 Police Reform Act 2002.

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