Being stopped by the police while driving: your rights

When the police can seize your vehicle

The police can seize a vehicle if they think it’s being used in a way that causes alarm, harassment or distress (eg careless or inconsiderate driving).

They can also seize a vehicle if they think it’s:

  • being driven by someone who doesn’t have a proper licence or insurance
  • dangerously, illegally or obstructively parked
  • broken-down or abandoned

If your vehicle is seized there’s a ‘release fee’ of up to £200 plus a storage fee of £20 for every day or part day.