What Should You Do When Traffic Police Tows Your Bike?

Having your two-wheeler towed by traffic police can be a distressing and inconvenient situation. It can happen when you mistakenly leave it in a no-parking zone or outside someone's house. In case your bike ever gets towed, you would need to follow certain steps to get it back from the authorities. Read on to know the steps in detail below.

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Steps to Follow When Your Two-wheeler Gets Towed

If your beloved bike ever gets towed, it is important to take immediate action to recover it. Here are the steps you should follow-

Steps to Follow When Your Two Wheeler Gets Towed

  1. Contact the local police

    The first and foremost step is to notify the nearest police station about the situation. Also, provide them with your two-wheeler's registration number and other relevant details. They can confirm if your vehicle has been towed and guide you on the next steps.

  2. Gather information from eyewitnesses

    Talk to any witnesses who were present at the time when your two-wheeler was towed. They may have valuable information about the incident, such as the time it occurred and who towed it. This information can be helpful in case of any further disputes or wrongful towing.

  3. Visit the nearest Regional Transport Office (RTO)

    Even after trying all the ways to find your vehicle, you need help finding it or getting relevant information from the local police; it is advised to visit your nearest RTO. They might ask you for the necessary details like vehicle registration number, engine chassis number, etc. Even they might inquire about the reasons for towing. Ultimately, they will guide you in retrieving your two-wheeler.

Once you have determined why your two-wheeler was towed, here is what you should do-

  1. Get ready with the mandatory documents

    Gather all the required documents, such as your driving license (DL), vehicle registration certificate (RC), chassis number, and two-wheeler insurance policy. Make sure you have an active bike insurance policy. These documents will be necessary to establish ownership and facilitate the release of your two-wheeler.

  2. Inspect for damages

    Next, check for any damages that may have been sustained in your two-wheeler during the towing process. If there are any new dents or cracks, document them and consider filing for reimbursement, especially if you have own-damage insurance coverage for such damages.

  3. Pay penalties

    At last, if the reason for towing your two-wheeler was due to a traffic violation, there may be fines or penalties. Pay the required amount to settle the violation and get custody of your two-wheeler.

    Important tip: Keep the proof of payment for future reference.

You may also read- How to Check Vehicle Owner Details by Registration Number

Summing it up!

It is essential to park your two-wheeler in designated areas and adhere to traffic regulations to avoid the inconvenience of towing. Additionally, you must have a valid two-wheeler insurance policy along with the RC and DL that offers assistance in such situations. You can read on our website to stay updated regarding traffic rules and regulations.

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