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Vehicle Confiscation

Verified 26 janvier 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

You committed offence and you wonder if you risk confiscation of your vehicle? Confiscation of the vehicle is additional penalty by a judge following offence serious. It adds to other sanctions: fine, suspension or cancellation of driving licence.... This page tells you which offences may result in the confiscation of the vehicle.

You incur confiscation of your vehicle if you commit offence following:

  • Manslaughter
  • Involuntary injuries to a person resulting in a work interruption of more than 3 months
  • Leak after causing accident

Law enforcement agencies (police or gendarmerie) may, with the prior authorisation of the public prosecutor, arrange the asset and impound of your vehicle.

If the judge doesn't impose the confiscation order, you get your vehicle back.

Otherwise, your vehicle is returned to domain service to be destroyed or sold.

You will incur confiscation of your vehicle in case of refusal to comply.

Law enforcement agencies (police or gendarmerie) may, with the prior authorisation of the public prosecutor, arrange the asset and impound of your vehicle.

If the judge doesn't impose the confiscation order, you get your vehicle back.

Otherwise, your vehicle is returned to domain service to be destroyed or sold.

You will incur confiscation of your vehicle in the following cases:

Law enforcement agencies (police or gendarmerie) may, with the prior authorisation of the public prosecutor, arrange the asset and impound of your vehicle.

If the judge doesn't impose the confiscation order, you get your vehicle back.

Otherwise, your vehicle is returned to domain service to be destroyed or sold.

You will incur confiscation of your vehicle in the following cases:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol found by an approved device or blood test
  • Drunk driving
  • Driving under narcotics control found by a salivary test or medical, clinical and biological examinations
  • Refusal to submit to blood alcohol or drug tests
  • Recidivism driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Repeat refusal to submit to blood alcohol or drug tests
  • Driving recidivism with your vehicle not equipped with an anti-start ethylotest (EAD) despite the prohibition of the judge

Law enforcement agencies (police or gendarmerie) may, with the prior authorisation of the public prosecutor, arrange the asset and impound of your vehicle.

If the judge doesn't impose the confiscation order, you get your vehicle back.

Otherwise, your vehicle is returned to domain service to be destroyed or sold.

You will incur confiscation of your vehicle in the following cases:

  • High Speed (equal to or greater than 50km/h of the maximum permitted speed)
  • Detention, transport and use of equipment to detect or disrupt controls (radar detector)

Law enforcement agencies (police or gendarmerie) may, with the prior authorisation of the public prosecutor, arrange the asset and impound of your vehicle.

If the judge doesn't impose the confiscation order, you get your vehicle back.

Otherwise, your vehicle is returned to domain service to be destroyed or sold.