Every day several vehicles are seized by the Police for any number of reasons.
Reasons for seizing a vehicle may include:
- Impaired driving
- Highway Traffic Act offence
- The occupant was arrested and cannot care for the vehicle
- Impeding traffic
- Parking violations
- The vehicle may be evidence to a crime
When a vehicle is seized the police will ensure the vehicle is safe and secure. Ordinarily the vehicle will be towed to the police impound yard currently assigned to the respective division. The police will then make an effort to contact the Registered Owner of the vehicle. This may not always be the person that had been recently driving it. Only the owner is authorized to pick up the vehicle.
When the registered owner is notified of the vehicle seizure they will be required to attend the police division where the vehicle is being held. Upon providing sufficient identification the vehicle will be released to the registered owner. The police will provide that person with a release form. This form must be taken to the tow yard to claim the vehicle. A vehicle will not be released from the tow yard without a properly authorized release form.
When the vehicle is claimed at the tow yard the registered owner will be provided with a bill for towing and storage expenses incurred. The cost of the tow, and subsequent storage, are the responsibility of the registered owner of the vehicle.
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