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If your van has been impounded you will probably want to release the vehicle as soon as possible. Day storage rates mean that every day that passes increase the bill you are facing - and the only way to stop this mounting up is to get the van back asap.
Normal short term van insurance policies which run for up to 28 days do not cover impounded vans but we have special policies that meet the Road Traffic Act requirements for getting vehicles released.
You can find policies both online and over the phone by referring to the companies in the boxes
The pound will require that you have proof of insurance to release your van and this must meet the legal length of insurance for releasing a vehicle - which is 30 days, and provide third party cover.
Along with your van insurance documentation you will also need:
If the van is not registered in the name of the person collecting it the registered keeper will have to provide a signed letter of authorisation and the keepers driving licence to the person collecting it. The letter should also be signed by the collector so they can be identified. We strongly recommend that if the van is not being collected in person to call the pound and check on the arrangements that need to be put in place - as they can differ from area to area.
You may find your current annual insurance policy has certain restrictions which prevent you having the correct cover to release impounded vans. You can also find getting annual cover is expensive especially if there are prosecutions pending. In this situation short term 30 day policies may enable you to act quick and stop the pound fees rising.
As you will see in the details we have suppliers who can cover drivers with a pending prosecution of driving without insurance (an IN10)
Typically you can be charged a daily storage fee of between £10 and £25. There tends to be a short period before that fee starts to be charged. You normally have just 7 days to reclaim your vehicle - if you don't it is likely to be sold or scrapped - together with anything that was in the van when when it was seized.
The Gov.uk website is good first port of call where they both explain the process and the fees involved. Visit their page Get a clamped or impounded vehicle released for more information.
This content was last reviewed on 29/12/2020