Vehicle Seizure Notice


Notice is hereby given that Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, the seizure authority, has seized property of the following description:

White Mercedes Panel Van registered number KR52 HPV  

The property was seized at 14.00hrs on Tuesday 8th March 2021 at land off Catherine De Barnes Lane, Solihull.

Under the following legal provisions:

Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 33 and 34                         X

Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989 section 5

Any person who wishes to make claim over the property must give notice in writing to:

Andrew Callingham,

Head of Environmental Compliance and Trading Standards,

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Council House, Solihull,B91 3QB.

Vehicle release/recovery instructions are shown on the reverse of this notice.

Any claim for release must be made by 30 March 2021 (no later than 15 working days after the date of seizure notice.)

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council maybe of the opinion that it is necessary to retain the seized property for the duration of an investigation or criminal proceedings.  

A seizure authority may sell, destroy or otherwise dispose of seized property where a seizure notice has been published and –

The claim period has ended and no claim was made or,

A claim was made within the claim period but the seizure authority did not determine that the claimant was entitled,

A copy of this notice has been served on the Chief Constable West Midlands Police and in the case of a vehicle, the registered keeper and any other person identified as entitled to possession and has been published on the seizure authorities website.

Date of Notice:  9 March 2021                                                                                                      

Vehicle Release Guidance 

If the seized property is a vehicle with a registration mark, and you are claiming to be the registered keeper of the vehicle you must produce the registration document (V5 document.)

The person claiming the vehicle must provide one proof of name and one proof of address. Any claim for release of a vehicle must be accompanied by sufficient information to enable the seizure authority to make a determination of entitlement to seized property. One proof of name and one proof of address from the list below will be required. You cannot use the same piece of identification for both name and address. For example if you provided your driving licence as proof of your name you must provide another form of identification for your address, such as a utility bill.

Acceptable proof of name

Acceptable proof of address

Current signed passport

Utility bill issued within the last 3 months

Original birth certificate

Local Authority Council Tax Bill for the current tax year

EEA member state identity card (which can also be used as evidence of address if it carries this.) 

Current UK driving licence (but only if not used for the name evidence)

UK or EEA photo card driving licence

Bank Building Society or Credit Union statement or passbook

Full Old Style Driving Licence

Original mortgage statement from a recognised lender issued for the last year

Photographic registration cards for self employed individuals in the construction industry – CIS4

Solicitors letter confirming recent house purchase or Land Registry confirmation of address

Benefit Book or original notification letter from Benefits Agency

Council or Housing Association rent card or tenancy agreement for the current year

Firearms or Shotgun Certificate

Benefit Book or original notification letter from Benefits Agency (but not if used as proof of name)

Residence permit issued by the Home Office to EEA nationals

Inland Revenue Self Assessment / Tax demand

National identity card bearing a photograph

Electoral Register entry

Proof of identity for agents, companies and other legal structures

Where an agent makes the claim on behalf of their principal, they will need to produce proof of name and address of themselves and their principal and proof of authority to act as an agent. Any claim made for recovery by a vehicle hire company will require production of authority to requisition the vehicle from the hirer and the recovery agent will be required to provide the name and address proofs described above.

Advisory – In compliance with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s duties under the Crime and Disorder Act 1988 relating to the prevention, apprehension and detection of crime in terms of the furtherance of public safety and compliance with Road Traffic regulations no vehicle will be released in circumstances where the Council’s seizure recovery agent has reasonable grounds to believe that the is to be driven away on a public road by a person who holds no valid insurance to drive the vehicle (this will not apply where a vehicle is collected by means of a recovery vehicle.)