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How you could get fees waived if your vehicle gets stolen

Posted at 2:00 PM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 18:59:11-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A proposal to waive the fees related to recovering your stolen vehicle has advanced in the Indianapolis City-County Council, albeit with a few changes.

As the city code stands now, you will have to pay for any towing and impound fees to get your stolen vehicle back if police recover it.

But Councilor Joseph Simpson, D-District 7, introduced a proposal in February that would waive those fees. The proposal was heard Wednesday evening in the Public Safety & Criminal Justice Committee, where some changes were made.

The waiver for the fees is now only limited to the towing fee and five days of storage fees.
In order to get a waiver, you must:

  • Be the stolen vehicle’s registered owner (or their legal representative)
  • Be a resident of Indianapolis
  • Have reported the vehicle as stolen to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
  • Have never previously been granted a waiver – meaning you can only be granted a reprieve from the towing and storage fees once.

The owner of the stolen vehicle must also get their vehicle from the impound lot within five days from being notified of its recovery. The initial proposal had seven days as the deadline.

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The Indianapolis Department of Business and Neighborhood Services will create a policy to make sure people know of the waiver when it is available.

“Overall, this is a win for taxpayers,” Simpson said.

The proposal unanimously passed the committee Wednesday and will go before the full council next month. If all goes as expected, the policy will go into effect July 1.