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Stolen vehicles - notice to owners

This information is to notify you of the action which will be taken on your behalf by the police and details very important advice and guidance with regard to the recovery of your vehicle and the associated statutory charges payable once the vehicle is found and recovered by the police.

Initial police action

Details of your vehicle will be placed on the Police National Computer (PNC). This will serve two purposes.

  • Alert any police officer carrying out a check that the vehicle has been stolen.
  • Provide the same information to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority in case anyone should attempt to re-register the vehicle in their name.

In addition details of the vehicle will also be circulated locally.

There is no need for you to phone the police for progress reports as they will contact you if your vehicle is found. If, however, you remember any additional details which will help identify the vehicle or you see a vehicle which could be your own then do phone.

If you have not already done so, you should immediately report the theft of your vehicle to your insurance company.

If the vehicle contained a debit or credit card, passport, cheque book or any other documents which might enable the person who stole your vehicle the ability to gain property or money in your name, it is essential that you inform the issuing bank, passport office or other associated companies.

When your vehicle is found, the police will make arrangements for the vehicle to be recovered by a Contracted Recovery Operators to their secure premises. This is to protect your property, prevent the vehicle from being re-stolen, to avoid you receiving parking, speeding, clamping or other fines incurred whilst the vehicle has been stolen and to avoid the vehicle being vandalised.

Having the vehicle recovered ensures your vehicle cannot be used for any other criminal purposes and to prevent it from being an obstruction or danger to members of the public and prevent the vehicle from being driven whilst in a possibly dangerous condition and cause a Road Traffic Collision.

Following the recovery of your vehicle to secure premises, the vehicle may be forensically examined  in an effort to identify the person responsible for the theft of your vehicle and prosecute the offender(s). This is also an opportunity for the police to gather intelligence to assist in the prevention and detection of further crime.

Where the person responsible for the theft of your vehicle is identified and arrested, you will be requested to make a written statement but, although possible, it is unlikely you will be required to attend court.

Following any forensic examination of your vehicle, the police will contact you to advise you of the vehicles location and the recovery operators contact details. You should then make all necessary arrangements for the vehicles collection.

A statutory recovery fee is payable to the recovery operator upon collection of your vehicle. In the majority of cases it will be the Insurance Company who will cover these costs for the owner, so you may wish to advise your insurance company about this charge as they may deal with this on your behalf.

As it is for each individual vehicle owner to choose the type of car insurance cover they prefer, it maybe you do not have adequate insurance cover, do not wish to claim via your insurance company or do not have insurance, in these situations you will need to make your own arrangements for payment of the statutory charges.

To advise if you do not collect your vehicle within 24 hours of the police advising you of the vehicles release, statutory storage fees will also be payable and will start to accrue after the 24 hour period, on a daily basis, until the vehicle is collected.

For the avoidance of doubt the police will not be held liable for the statutory charges or for the condition or safety of the vehicle or the contents therein. Therefore our advice is that you should contact your insurance company who will be able to make arrangements on your behalf for a comprehensive vehicle check or by a garage of your choice before the vehicle is driven. Depending on the vehicles condition when found you may wish to disclaim the vehicle for disposal. Statutory disposal charges will also be payable to the recovery operator by the owner or their insurance company.

If you locate your vehicle yourself and contact the police, arrangements will be made for the vehicle to be recovered for the reasons detailed above; in this situation statutory charges will not apply.

However if you decide to move the vehicle yourself without involving the police, then you do so at your own risk. It may be that during you finding and attempting to recover the vehicle it is stolen again and damaged further. If this occurs, the police accept no liability. If your vehicle is stolen again, damaged, or is in an un-roadworthy condition it could render you liable to the public for any dangers the vehicle presents.

When you are informed by the police that your vehicle has been found and your insurance company has settled your claim, you are obliged to make this fact known to the police together with your insurance company details and policy/claim reference number as the vehicle will have become the property of the Insurance Company. The police will then contact the insurance company concerned and arrange for the vehicle's collection and all statututory charges will be paid by the insurance company.

Attached for your information is a schedule of the statutory charges if you require any further information, advice or assistance, please contact the police by telephoning 101 or attending your nearest police station.

Statutory Charges

Vehicle type ScenarioNot exceeding 3.5 tonnes MAMExceeding 3.5 tonnes MAM, but not exceeding 7.5 tonnes MAMExceeding 7.5 tonnes MAM, but not exceeding 18 tonnes MAMExceeding 18 tonnes MAM
 On the roadAVehicles on the road which are upright and not substantially damaged  and ALL motorcycles, regardless of position, condition and circumstance£150

£200

£350

£350
On the road BVehicles on the road which are substantially damaged and/or not upright£250£650

Unladen £2000

Laden £3000

Unladen £3000

Laden    £4500

Off the roadCVehicles off the road which are upright and not substantially damaged£200£400

 

Unladen £1000

Laden £1500

Unladen £1500

Laden    £2000

Off the roadDVehicles off the road which are substantially damaged and/or not upright£300£850

Unladen £3000

Laden £4500

Unladen £4500

Laden   £6000

 

Statutory Storage charges

Vehicle type2 wheeled vehiclesNot exceeding 3.5 tonnes MAMExceeding 3.5 tonnes MAM, but not exceeding 7.5 tonnes MAMExceeding 7.5 tonnes MAM, but not exceeding 18 tonnes MAMExceeding 18 tonnes MAM
Storage charge£10£20£25£30£40

 

Statutory Disposal charges

Vehicle type2 wheeled vehiclesNot exceeding 3.5 tonnes MAMExceeding 3.5 tonnes MAM, but not exceeding 7.5 tonnes MAMExceeding 7.5 tonnes MAM, but not exceeding 18 tonnes MAMExceeding 18 tonnes MAM
Disposal charge£50£75£100£125£150