What happens if the driver does not own the vehicle?

Traffic Impoundments Vehicles Offences

The owner of the impounded vehicle is responsible for paying all towage and storage costs.

  • The person collecting the vehicle must pay all costs associated with the impounded vehicle,
  • If the owner is not the driver, the owner can pay to collect the vehicle and later may consider to recover the costs from the driver through civil proceedings.

The owner of the vehicle will be notified by police of the incident and if the vehicle is not collected after the impoundment period expires, police will start the disposal process. Police may refuse to release a vehicle if the impound and towage costs have not been paid at the time it is to be collected. Police are also not required to release the vehicle until the place where it is being held is normally open for business.

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