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Police Station release process for vehicles seized for no insurance or no Licence

Once the Police Station staff are satisfied with the documents produced they will authorise the release of the vehicle and will issue a release notice allowing them to collect their vehicle.

The Police Station staff will also check if the vehicle has current tax and MOT before authorising the release of the vehicle. They will write on the release form if either are not in place, so that the recovery operator is aware.

The vehicle has no current MOT or tax - If the vehicle does not have a current MOT then it will not be possible to tax the vehicle before it passes the MOT and therefore cannot be taxed prior to the collection of the vehicle. This will incur an additional £160 surety fee, which is payable to the recovery garage upon collection of the vehicle. This surety fee will be reimbursed upon production of proof of taxing. The owner has 14 days from payment in which to reclaim the surety fee, upon production of valid proof that the vehicle has been taxed.

The vehicle must be booked in for MOT at an MOT station within close proximity to the vehicle compound prior to the collection of the vehicle. The vehicle must be driven directly to the MOT station.

The vehicle has current MOT but no tax - If the vehicle does have current MOT, but no tax then the owner must either tax the vehicle before it is collected and produce proof of taxing, or they will be charged the surety fee of £160 which will be reimbursed upon production of proof of taxing. The owner has 14 days from payment in which to reclaim the surety fee, upon production of valid proof that the vehicle has been taxed.