Bailiff Advice Guide

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Warning of Imobilisation

Notice served if the bailiff has clamped your car.


If you own a car and a bailiff is instructed to recover debts from you they may want to take control of that car.  To do this they will usually clamp it.  They will do this whether the car is on a public highway or private land (i.e. your driveway).

If your car is clamped by a bailiff they must issue you with a 'Warning or Imobilisation' notice.  Once this notice has been issued the bailiff can take your car away after 2 hours.  You will need to act quickly if you want to keep your car.

A warning of imobilisation notice must conform to certain rules and if it does not you can delay your car being taken away and make a formal complaint about the bailiff.

Check your warning of imobilisation for the following.

  • The notice must be fixed to the vehicle and be very obvious to see.  Usually the notice is placed under a windscreen wiper in front of the steering wheel.
  • The bailiff must give you at least (but only) 2 hours to make arrangements to pay or agree to a controlled goods agreement before the vehicle can be taken away.
  • The notice must contain a clear statement that the bailiff has imobilised the vehicle.
  • The notice must show the exact time and date that the vehicle was imobilised.
  • The notice must explain that the vehicle has been immobilised because you have not paid the debt the bailiff is attempting to recover.
  • The notice must provide a telephone number, that is available to call 24 hours a day, should you have any questions.
  • The notice must include your case reference number.

 

The UK's First Bailiff Relief Charity.

We are a charity that helps people who are facing bailiff action.

Our aim is to aid the prevention or relief of poverty amongst persons who are in debt.