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Vehicles Seized (1362A/22)


I’d like to make a Freedom of Information request around impounded vehicles.

1) How many vehicles were seized and impounded in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 to date?

2) How many vehicles seized and impounded in 2017,18,19, 20, 21, 22 (to date) did the owner claim within the 14 day period?

3) How many were scrapped/sold (for each of those years) after the owner didn’t claim or pay the charge?

4) Are you able to tell me the most expensive three cars you impounded over the past 12 months, and whether they were claimed, scrapped or sold? Also, what was the most expensive car you scrapped?

Amendment received 13/10/2022:

I made an FOI request yesterday re: impounded vehicles. The one question I didn’t ask is why were the cars seized/impounded? If possible, could I have a breakdown of the reasons why these cars were impounded.

Amendment received 18/10/2022:

I submitted a Freedom of Information request last week around seized and impounded vehicles and I’ve had quite a few responses back clarifying what data I need.

Apologies – I think it is easier if I revise the request as I’ve learnt a little bit about seized vehicles that I didn’t know previously.

I’m interested now in just vehicles that have been seized/impounded because they 1/ have no insurance/driving license (Section 165 of the Road Traffic Act) and/or 2/ No tax (Section 29)

* How many vehicles were seized (and impounded) in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 to date for the above?

* How many/% of those vehicles ended up being scrapped (for each of those years)? – if you don’t have this data, don’t worry.

* Are you able to tell me the most expensive car you seized/impounded over the past 12 months for not having insurance and/or driving license and/or tax. Alternatively, were any supercars (Ferraris, Lamborghinis) seized?


Please be advised that we had already liaised with the relevant department to obtain the information originally requested on the 12th October, therefore, we have compiled our response in line with this, but this should cover/address your amendments. Please find this information attached.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.