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Vehicles Traffic Impoundments

  • Any vehicle subject to a Surrender Notice that has not been surrendered within the nominated time will have the licence of the vehicle frozen with the Department Of Transport, the owner of a vehicle subject to a surrender notice will not be able to re-register their vehicle until WA Police lift the freeze.

Under s.79BA of the Road Traffic Act 1974 amended, if a police officer reasonably suspects that that the driver of a vehicle has committed an impounding offence and it was impracticable due to the remote location or strong concerns for the welfare of the occupants, or was otherwise unable to be impounded on the day of offence they may issue a Surrender Notice.

A Surrender Notice must only be issued where the vehicle cannot be impounded immediately. For example: As a result of an investigation; required to attend an urgent priority task or emergency incident; duty of care to occupants; towage or storage unavailable; vehicle located on private property.

  • Any vehicle subject to a Notice of Intension will have the licence of the vehicle frozen with the Department Of Transport, a vehicle subject to a Notice of Intension cannot be re-registered until WA Police lift the freeze

Where a second (or subsequent) offence occurs under s.49(1)(a), s.49(3) (a), (b) or (c), s.60, s.62A, s.77(1)(a) and s.78A the Commissioner of Police may make an application for an order to; extend the impoundment period or confiscate a vehicle as a result of an qualifying offence being committed or confiscate a substitute vehicle nominated by the Commissioner. 

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