Motor Vehicles clamping and ANPR

With motor vehicles being the most popular item for a bailiff to seize, we have introduced the following pages into this section of our website.

Can a bailiff take my car?

Regulation 4(1)(a) of The Taking Control of Goods Regulations provided that in certain circumstances, a vehicle belonging to the debtor may be considered exempt. Full details are provided 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. However, with vehicles subject to other types of finance (including log book loans and Hire Purchase), the position is not as clear and unfortunately, 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.

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.

Note from Bailiff Advice

A simple overview of the Taking Control of Goods Regulations 2013  including details of bailiff fees that can be charged, the notices that must be given by the bailiff, and items that are ‘exempt’ from being taken into control (by the bailiff) can be read here