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Impoundments <h2 class="sectHeading">Car impoundment </h2><p>According to our <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Bylaws%20and%20policies/Parking%20By-law%202010.pdf" target="_blank">Parking By-law</a>, we may  impound a car if it has been abandoned or if it threatens public road safety. <br><br>Reasons may include the following, among others: </p><ul><li>It was abandoned on the side of the road or in a parking lot.</li><li>It was parked contrary to road signs and markings.</li><li>It has no licence number or any way of identifying the owner.</li><li>It is a business vehicle and the driver did not have a permit.</li><li>It was unroadworthy.</li></ul><p>If your private or business vehicle has been impounded, you will need to pay a release fee. <span>   </span> </p><h2 class="sectHeading">Cellphone impoundment </h2><p>It is generally illegal to use a cellphone while driving. You can only use your phone while driving if it is fixed to the vehicle or if you are using a headset or Bluetooth device. If you are caught using a phone while driving, an officer may confiscate and impound your phone if she or he thinks that it is in the interest of public safety. By law, you can demand a receipt; this will tell you where you can go to claim your phone.</p><div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note"></i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Please note</h4><p> Any cellphone being used by the driver at the time of the offence is presumed to belong to that driver. </p></div></div><p>When a cellphone is impounded, the device is handed in at the closest traffic office in a sealed evidence bag with a copy of the impoundment notice and placed in a safe. </p><span><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Pay your impoundment fee</h2><p>You will need to pay a fee to release your car ​​​​​​​or cellphone. Find out more about release criteria and impoundment fees by following the City Connect link below. </p><span><div class="notification with-heading white-copy yellow bg-darker-grey"><div class="graphic"><i class="info citycard">​​</i></div><div class="desc"><h4>City Connect</h4><p> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Pay/Driving-and-vehicles/Impoundments/Pay-impoundment-fees">Pay your impoundment fee</a></p></div></div></span></span> GP0|#749a25e0-053c-422a-a9a3-0e38b2e83e0a;L0|#0749a25e0-053c-422a-a9a3-0e38b2e83e0a|Impoundments;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GPP|#d3d5b93d-198a-4abb-b677-c4988ef1d5d5;GPP|#bb1d214c-4a13-47f8-89cd-911676b553ad;GPP|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;GP0|#5e04d261-a343-499a-9fe8-e61028555815;L0|#05e04d261-a343-499a-9fe8-e61028555815|Impoundments;GPP|#83469cb3-efa0-44e1-992b-327c1c0d4383;GPP|#14a3ee0b-b641-42d6-9511-506df3d1bdc9;GPP|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;GP0|#c22e28cb-5c32-4027-a562-3bacad496383;L0|#0c22e28cb-5c32-4027-a562-3bacad496383|Impoundments;GPP|#d845a2ac-0b25-42bd-91e1-41bfdcbc3cc1;GPP|#9f841cad-99c7-419d-a78f-65752fc421d4;GPP|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;GP0|#f32e91e5-c01f-46c9-af8c-6ce36f6428bc;L0|#0f32e91e5-c01f-46c9-af8c-6ce36f6428bc|Impoundments;GPP|#86aa9952-dbc0-47b7-83c7-9ee387ea7976;GPP|#6f520d07-fa28-4a39-a1a6-a53c75fe9ed2;GPP|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24Learn why a traffic officer can impound a car or cellphone, and how you can get it back.

 

 

 

 

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