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Reclaiming Seized Vehicles, Trucks & Loads

Our specialist UK transport lawyers have years of experience in reclaiming trucks and loads seized by the UK Border Force, HMRC and police. We understand how damaging it can be for your transport business to have a vehicle or load impounded. We also recognise how frustrating and confusing it can be to deal with the UK customs authorities. Our transport lawyers can help.

Our clients include:

  • Multinational haulage and logistics companies
  • Freight forwarders
  • Small fleet operators
  • Haulage and groupage transport companies

Why has your truck and load been impounded?

There are many reasons your vehicle or load can be detained by UK customs. These include:

Illegal contraband:

If illegal contraband is found in your vehicle during an inspection, your vehicle and any contraband found can be seized. Examples of illegal contraband include firearms and controlled drugs.

Unpaid Excise duty:

HMRC can also seize your vehicle if they believe that it is carrying goods to which excise duty is liable, and that duty has not been paid. They will also seize your vehicle if excise goods are being transported without the proper paperwork. This usually applies to undeclared cigarettes, alcohol and tobacco.

Criminal Offences:

The UK Border Force, police and tax authorities can seize any property as evidence, including vehicles and loads, if they believe that a criminal offence may have been committed by either you or your driver. Your driver can also be arrested and detained for questioning.

Outstanding Fines:

If you have outstanding court fines or civil penalties that you have not yet paid, the UK authorities can detain your vehicle until these financial penalties are settled. These include financial penalties for the carriage of clandestine entrants (transporting illegal migrants), and failure to pay road user levy.

Reclaiming an Impounded Truck or Load

At Rotheras, our road transport lawyers are specialists in reclaiming trucks and loads on behalf of European transport operators. We can:

  • Make urgent representations to the UK Border Force on behalf of the owner of the vehicle or load
  • Prepare and submit written representations seeking the return of the vehicle and trailer and providing supporting evidence
  • Challenge the lawfulness of the seizure at Condemnation
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Anton Balkitis

Anton Balkitis

a.balkitis@rotheras.co.uk

Anton Balkitis leads the Transport Law team and is a nationally recognised Transport and Motoring Law specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.

Natalie Abbott

Natalie Abbott

n.abbott@rotheras.co.uk

Natalie is an Employment Law specialist with over 10 years’ experience representing both businesses and individuals across a range of employment services including settlement agreements, discrimination, dismissals and redundancy.

Olivia Maginn

Olivia Maginn

o.maginn@rotheras.co.uk

Olivia Maginn is a transport and motoring law specialist at Nottingham based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.

Transport Solicitor

Chris Powell

c.powell@rotheras.co.uk

Chris Powell is a senior associate solicitor at Rotheras, specialising in road transport law and motorist defence. He advises and represents haulage and PSV operator licence holders, Transport Managers and drivers on all road transport regulatory matters.

Lindsey Richmond

Lindsey Richmond

l.richmond@rotheras.co.uk

Lindsey is a Chartered Legal Executive and Paralegal based in our transport and motorist offence department.

Billy Shaw

Billy Shaw

b.shaw@rotheras.co.uk

Billy advises businesses on a range of commercial and corporate issues and is happy to assist you with buying or selling businesses, corporate mergers and shareholder agreements

Hardeep Chumber

Hardeep Chumber

h.chumber@rotheras.co.uk

Hardeep Chumber is a paralegal in Rotheras Motoring and Transport department and is based at our Lace Market office.

Lauryn Wright

Lauryn Wright

l.wright@rotheras.co.uk

Lauryn Wright is a paralegal in Rotheras’ Transport and Motoring department and is based at our Head Office in the Lace Market.

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