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Warning of immobilisation

If a bailiff takes control of your vehicle, they may clamp it. If the bailiff does this, they must give you a notice explaining why the vehicle has been clamped and what you can do to get it back. This is called a warning of immobilisation.

This page shows you what a warning of immobilisation looks like and how you can check it is correct.

If you’re dealing with bailiff action that began before 6 April 2014, different rules may apply. You should get advice from your local Citizens Advice Bureau.

What next?

If you've received a warning of immobilisation you need to act quickly if you want to get your vehicle back. The bailiff can take it away after just two hours.

You should check the notice carefully to see how you can contact the bailiff and take steps to deal with the debt you owe.

More about vehicles and bailiffs

Checking a warning of immobilisation

A warning of immobilisation must:

  • contain all the information and use the wording shown in the example below
  • be fixed prominently to the vehicle, for example on the windscreen
  • give you at least two hours to take steps to pay what you owe, before the vehicle is taken away.

If a warning of immobilisation doesn't keep to these rules, you can complain to the bailiff firm and ask them to delay their action while they issue a new notice. If the bailiff has issued an incorrect warning of immobilisation and then taken the vehicle away, you can apply to the court to get it back.

A warning of immobilisation looks like this:

Warning of immobilisation - bailiffs

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