ARA News: Refuse to Issue Program Now Underway in B.C.

Drivers who leave their cars unclaimed in an impound lot may not be able to renew their driver’s licences until they pay their debts to the tow company.

British Columbia has some of the most progressive laws image4in the country when it comes to drinking and driving, speeding, and other motor vehicle infractions. In addition to fines and potential licence suspensions, vehicles may be impounded for a period of 3, 7, 30, or even 60 days.

There are roughly 20,000 vehicles impounded each year through the government’s vehicle impoundment (VI) program, with the majority of impoundments lasting 30 days. While the VI program can be a good source of revenue for tow companies, longer impoundment periods have resulted in an increasing amount of unclaimed vehicles. This trend has caused an administrative and financial burden for many tow companies, especially those who operate in rural areas outside the Lower Mainland, where cheaper cars are in greater abundance…

This article originally appeared in the 2nd Quarter 2016 issue of ARA News. Click here to read the full article.