Your vehicle may end up being impounded for parking:

  • Embarrassing
  • Abusive
  • Dangerous

The national and municipal police, the gendarmes or the mayor.

You must first present yourself to the requesting authority which has carried out the removal with the following documents:

Gray card with valid technical inspection,
Current insurance,
driver’s license,
In order to get a hand raised pound. Then you have to go to the pound park with this hand raised allowing us to return, against payment of the expenses, your vehicle.

If you arrive when the towing company is about to remove your vehicle and only two wheels have been lifted, then the vehicle will not be taken to the pound but you will have to pay the on-site pick up fee. You will have to pay the amount of the lump sum you will receive afterwards.

The vehicle shall be appraised at the request of the applicant authority, after identification of the owner of the vehicle. The latter is then classified by an independent automobile expert according to its value. According to the classification category, the owner has 10 to 30 days, according to article L325-7 of the highway code, to recover his vehicle after receiving the notice of impoundment sent by the territorial authority The address of the registration card. If the vehicle is unidentifiable, this period starts from the day of the appraisal.

In addition to the flat-rate fine, they must be paid to collect the vehicle:

Pick up fees : 119.20€ (150€ in Paris and € 126 in Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse);
Daily fee: 6,31 € (29 € in Paris and 10 € in Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse);
Expertise fee: 61€, if the vehicle has not been recovered within 3 days.

You must present:

A written power of attorney signed by the owner
His identity card
Your driver’s license
The gray card of the vehicle
The current insurance certificate.

You can pay by credit card or cash.

To the municipal police of the commune of the place of removal.

No, your vehicle can not be impounded in the event of non-payment of a mandatory parking ticket.

You can be punished by 3 months imprisonment and a fine of 3750 €

Depending on the outcome of the appraisal, it may be handed over to the domain which will judge, the sale by auction or its destruction. Or may go directly to destruction.

If you notice a degradation on your vehicle during the withdrawal, you must inform the pound service before leaving the park. The police force issue a request for impoundment with a descriptive statement before the vehicle is removed.

Upon receipt of the offense report, the address to send your dispute by post is noted. You must contact the prosecutor of the republic affiliated to the tribunal de grande instance of the place of abduction.