Yes, police can impound vehicles and confiscate number plates for any vehicle that are involved in a sanctionable offence.
They can also impound a vehicle if a disqualified driver is caught exceeding the limit by more than 30km/h or if they commit another offence.
The police may also impound your vehicle if you own the vehicle and you have a conviction for a drink driving offence in the previous five years and it is one of these offences:
Sanctionable offences include:
You can apply to the local court to get your car or number plates back before the impoundment or confiscation period ends. You will need to show the court that you need or use the vehicle.
The court will consider:
If your vehicle was impounded and you believed that it was injust, contact our traffic lawyers in Sydney.
Police can impound a vehicle or number plates for up to six months if you are a disqualified driver or if you are a repeat offender. If you are not a disqualified driver then the car will be impounded for 3 months.
The police can ask you to pay towing and storage fees before they will release the car. If you cannot pay these fees you can ask the police to waive the charges.
Police can only impound or take the number plates off the car you are driving, if you are the registered owner of the car.