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Packing a vehicle

Verified 08 August 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

Packing notification: new rules from october 2022

The decree no. 2022-1040 of 22 july 2022 amends certain rules concerning the impounding of a vehicle.

The time limit for abandonment of a vehicle increases from 15 to 7 days when the vehicle was used to commit the offence of motorised rodeos.

This text will apply from 1to October 2022.

This page remains current and will be modified on this date.

Your vehicle was parked on a reserved spot and was impounded? Your vehicle was confiscated after speeding above 30 mph and then impounded? Wondering how to recover your vehicle and what fees you have to pay? We inform you about the rules to know and the steps to take.

Your vehicle may be impounded if you have committed certain traffic violations.

For example, awkward parking of your vehicle in double line.

The person responsible for removing your vehicle:

  • Designates the pound where your vehicle is transferred
  • Establish description of the vehicle before its removal. At your request, a copy of the description sheet is sent to you.
  • Prepare a report or report indicating the reasons for impounding

The impounding is done by lifting or towing your vehicle.

Before your vehicle is removed, law enforcement checks to see if it has been stolen.

You and your insurer are immediately informed.

Your vehicle is impounded on a precautionary basis.

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If the removal of your vehicle has not started

Removal of the vehicle to the impound begins when at least 2 wheels of the vehicle have left the ground or from the beginning of the vehicle's movement.

Removal of the vehicle to the impound begins when at least 2 wheels of the vehicle have left the ground or from the beginning of the vehicle's movement.

You can pick up your vehicle if you arrive before the abduction.

You must pay the pre-impound fee if the vehicle is already on site:

  • €15.20 for a car,
  • for a 2 or 3-wheel drive
  • €22.90 for a heavy lorry.

If the removal of your vehicle started

Removal of the vehicle to the impound begins when at least 2 wheels of the vehicle have left the ground or from the beginning of the vehicle's movement.

Removal of the vehicle to the impound begins when at least 2 wheels of the vehicle have left the ground or from the beginning of the vehicle's movement.

If the vehicle removal has started, you can recover your vehicle if you pay for it removal fee or if you agree in writing to pay them.

You must also commit to release to the public (illegal parking, double queues...)

If you are away for several days, you receive a recommended letter AR: titleContent.

Letter sent in 5 business days following the impounding of your vehicle.

General case

If you are not present when the vehicle is removed, ask the police station or police station nearest to the parking place.

Who shall I contact
In Paris

You can search your vehicle through an online service.

Prepare the vehicle registration number.

Search for a vehicle removed or moved to Paris

Within 3 days of abduction

To recover your vehicle (and the carte grise if it has been removed), you must present insurance certificate vehicle and your driving licence valid.

If a driving ban decision has been made, you must have a vehicle expertise out of the pound.

Your vehicle can leave the pound on tray vehicle provided that insured.

If you use a qualified professional to tow your vehicle, you must only present the insurance certificate.

You must tell law enforcement the name of the chosen professional.

In all cases, you must pay pound fees to the guard.

More than 3 days after

Your vehicle is classified in one of the following 2 categories:

  • Vehicle to be handed over to Domains
    This means your vehicle is considered abandoned at the end of 15 days following notification impound.
  • Vehicle to be destroyed
    This means that your vehicle, after estimating its market value, is considered abandoned at the end of 10 days following the impound notification.

If the administration has heard from you before the end of the drop-out period

To recover your vehicle (and the carte grise if it has been removed), you must present insurance certificate vehicle and your driving licence valid.

If a driving ban decision has been made, you must have the vehicle tested out of the pound.

Your vehicle can leave the pound on tray vehicle provided that insured.

If you use a qualified professional to tow your vehicle, you must only present the insurance certificate.

You must tell law enforcement the name of the chosen professional.

In all cases, you must pay pound fees to the guard.

If the administration has no news from you after the drop-out period has ended

Your vehicle is considered abandoned.

The Domain Service sell or destroy your vehicle.

If the Domains department has put your vehicle on sale, you can still recover it before it is sold.

To do this, you have to pay the listing fees to the domain department and the pound fees to the pound keeper.

The guardian of the pound returns your vehicle on condition that you pay pound charge.

If you want to get your vehicle back when the Domaines department has put your vehicle up for sale, you must also pay selling fee at the Domaines department.

The prices are maximum amounts.

Private car

General case

Hardware Asset: €7.60

Prerequisites: €15.20

Removal: €121.27

Daily Guard: €6.42

Listing: €100

Paris

Hardware Asset: €7.60

Prerequisites: €15.20

Removal: €150

Daily Guard: €29

Listing: €100

Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse

Hardware Asset: €7.60

Prerequisites: €15.20

Removal: €126

Daily Guard: €10

Listing: €61

2 or 3 wheels

General case

Hardware Asset: €7.60

Prerequisites: €7.60

Removal: €45.70

Daily Guard: €3

Listing: €50

Paris

Hardware Asset: €7.60

Prerequisites: €7.60

Removal: €49

Daily Guard: €10

Listing: €50

Heavy Weight

Amounts vary by PTAC vehicle.

Between 19 and 44 tons (inclusive)

Hardware Asset: €7.60

Prerequisites: €22.90

Removal: €274.40

Daily Guard: €9.20

Listing: €120

Between 7,5 and 19 tons (inclusive)

Hardware Asset: €7.60

Prerequisites: €22.90

Removal: €213.40

Daily Guard: €9.20

Expertise: €120

Between 3.5 and 7.5 tons (inclusive)

Hardware Asset: €7.60

Prerequisites: €22.90

Removal: €122

Daily Guard: €9.20

Listing: €120

Other registered vehicle

Hardware Asset: €7.60

Prerequisites: €7.60

Removal: €45.70

Daily Guard: €3

Listing: €50

Example :

Charges are €200.1 for a car impounded in Paris recovered on the same day (€7.60 + €15.2 + €150 + €29).

Obstructing the impounding of your vehicle is punishable by up to 3 months in prison and a fine of up to €3,750.

You lose too 6 points on your driver's licence.

You may also additional penalties following:

  • Suspension of the licence for a period of up to 3 years (possible accommodation outside the professional activity)
  • Penalty work of general interest
  • Penalty fine days