Here, you can find out how to reclaim a vehicle that has been seized under Section 165A of the Road Traffic Act 1988. This means an officer had reasonable grounds to believe that the driver was uninsured or was not driving in accordance with their driving licence.
Your vehicle can also be seized if it's being driven on a public road or place and:
it hasn't been taxed for two months and one day or longer
it's registered as SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification)
If your vehicle has been seized for any of these reasons the driver should have received a seizure notice.
You must go to one of our designated police stations within seven working days of the seizure and take with you the documents listed in the seizure notice.
You'll pay the recovery operator for the cost of recovery and any storage charges when you collect your vehicle – you don't pay the police.
Our designated police stations are:
Birkenhead Police Station Mortimer Street Birkenhead Wirral CH41 5EU (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.) View on map
To guarantee being seen try to attend before 1.30pm and be prepared to wait during busy periods.
Only attend this station if you're producing a motor trade or fleet policy, or if you're a Motability customer, non-EU licence holder or you want to reclaim a foreign registered vehicle.
Southport Police Station Albert Road Southport Sefton PR9 0LL (Monday to Saturday, 8am to 10pm; Sunday 8am to 5pm) View on map
St Anne Street Police Station St Anne Street Liverpool L3 3HJ (Monday to Saturday, 8am to 10pm; Sunday 8am to 5pm) View on map
Merseyside Police Ganworth Street Speke Liverpool L24 2XQ (Monday to Saturday, 8am to 10pm; closed all day Sunday) View on map
Huyton Police Station Lathom Road Huyton Knowsley L36 9XU (Monday to Saturday, 8am to 10pm; Sunday 8am to 5pm) View on map
St Helens Police Station College Street St Helens WA10 1TG (Monday to Saturday, 8am to 10pm; Sunday 8am to 5pm) View on map
Please don't phone. We can only deal with you in person.
Registered owners/keepers of the vehicle using a nominee to collect their vehicle must bring the nominee with them to the station.
Collecting your vehicle
Your designated police station will give you a release notice that will include the details of the recovery operator, where you can go to collect your vehicle.
Take the release notice and two forms of identification, one of which must be photographic and the other providing address details, to the recovery operator to collect your vehicle.
Recovery operators are open for the release of vehicles from Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm (please don't arrive any later than 12.30pm), excluding public holidays, and Saturdays from 8am to 12pm, by appointment only.
Payment of charges
Payment should be made directly to the recovery operator when you collect your vehicle.
Statutory charges apply to most vehicles removed to a pound, depending upon the reason for removal.