Motor Vehicles clamping and ANPR

A motor vehicle is the most popular item for a bailiff to seize. In most cases, it is the most valuable item that you own…and the easiest for an enforcement agent to seize. Under this category of our website (Motor Vehicles Clamping and ANPR) we have introduced the following pages:

Are any vehicles exempt from being taken by a bailiff?

The enforcement regulations do indeed provide that in some circumstances, a vehicle may be considered exempt. Our page on this subject can be read  here.

I need my car for work/business

Unfortunately, a vehicle needed for work or business  is usually only considered exempt if its value  is under £1,350. Full details can be read here.

My car is on finance/HP

If a vehicle is purchased under a Personal Contract Plan (PCP) or is provided by Motability Finance, it cannot be taken into control by a bailiff. With other types of finance (including log book loans and Hire Purchase), the position is not as clear as we would like. Accordingly, in some cases, the vehicle may be seized. Detailed are provided here.

Can a Bailiff clamp my car?

The Taking Control of Goods Regulations 2013 specifically provide that an enforcement agent may secure a vehicle by applying a wheel clamp. And if fact, if a vehicle is located on a ‘highway’, the regulations specifically provided that it MUST be immobilised. This would involve the use of a vehicle clamp.

Where the vehicle may be clamped….how long it must remained clamped before removal….and what documentation must be provided by the bailiff/enforcement agent etc  is outlined in detail here.

Clamping on private land.

A bailiff/enforcement agent is permitted to clamp a vehicle if it is located at your premises or on a highway  (this is not to be confused with a ‘public highway’). Full details are provided here.

Can I remove a wheel clamp from my car?

Under section 68.1 of Schedule 12 (TCEA 2007) it is a serious offence to remove a wheel clamp or to obstruct the bailiff  from clamping or removing the vehicle. Full details can be read here.

Commentary from Bailiff Advice

A simple overview of the Taking Control of Goods Regulations 2013  can be read here