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Vehicle impoundments are based on the actions of the driver. The vehicle that you're driving at the time of the occurrence is the one that will be impounded, even if it's not your vehicle.
Any vehicle can be impounded including passenger vehicles, trucks, commercial trucks, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, and golf carts while being driven on public property.
It is your responsibility to ensure the person driving your vehicle has a valid driver's licence.
Even if the driver is not the vehicle owner, the vehicle will be impounded. If the driver is not the vehicle owner, the vehicle owner is notified by police and must pay all towing and storage fees to get their vehicle back at the end of the impoundment period. The vehicle owner may attempt to recover these costs from the driver through the courts.
You are responsible for taking all reasonable steps, depending on your particular situation, to ensure that every person who drives your vehicle has a valid driver's licence. To verify a valid driver's licence through SGI:
- Call 1-844-TLK-2SGI (1-844-855-2744) and speak with a customer service representative. They can only verify if the licence is currently valid. A valid response means that the driver's licence is not under suspension, is not expired, or has not been cancelled. They will not be able to provide any other personal information without a release from the driver. Please have the driver's licence number ready; or
- You may ask the driver to produce a current driver's abstract from SGI. The fee for an abstract is $15.
- If the driver has a MySGI account they can provide you with only a screen view of their driver's abstract. The driver will be required to grant you access to view their abstract and you must have an active MySGI account yourself.
- To obtain a driver's abstract the driver can visit a motor licence issuer.
A driver's abstract will also indicate if the driver is subject to an ignition interlock condition for driving.
Tough measures for suspended and impaired drivers
Saskatchewan's vehicle impoundment programs are aimed at making the province's roads safer.
There are 3 types of vehicle impoundment:
- Drug and alcohol impairment impoundments.
- Unauthorized driver impoundments (driving while suspended or without a driver's licence).
- Rules of the road impoundments (e.g., a second cellphone ticket within 12 months).
Impaired driving impoundments
One of the consequences for driving while over either the provincial or federal limit for alcohol or drugs is impounding the vehicle you are driving. Below is the definition of new drivers and experienced drivers as the consequences are different.
New drivers are any driver who:
- age 21 and under
- is a Class 7 driver
- is a Class 5 Novice 1 or Novice 2 driver
- holds a driver's licence equivalent to Class 7 or Class 5 Novice 1 or Novice 2 from another jurisdiction
- has not held a driver's licence in the last 5 years
- has an out-of-country driver's licence where licence class and restrictions cannot be determined
- holds an Endorsement 6, M1 or M2
- holds a restricted or provisional drive's licence
Experienced drivers are any driver who:
- is over 21 years of age and is not in a Graduated Driver Licensing program (GDL or MGDL)
- has a Class 5 or higher driver's licence
- holds an experienced M Endorsement
- holds a driver's licence equivalent to a Class 5 or higher driver's licence and/or experienced M Endorsement from another jurisdiction
Impoundment lengths for low blood alcohol content (BAC) roadside suspensions
|1st offence||2nd offence
(within 5 years)
|3rd and subsequent offences
(within 5 years)
|New Drivers||3 days||7 days||7 days|
|Experienced Drivers||3 days||7 days||14 days|
Immediate vehicle impoundment at the roadside when law enforcement is proceeding with Criminal Code charges such as exceeding .08 BAC or refusing a breath test.
|High BAC Offences - Vehicle Impound|
|Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)||Driver Type||Vehicle Impoundment Term1|
|Lower Range (over .08 to .159)||All drivers||30 days|
|Higher Range (.16 and over)||All drivers||60 days|
|Refusal to provide breath sample||All drivers|
Getting the vehicle back
At the end of the impoundment term, or after an appeal for early release has been granted, you must buy a Vehicle Impoundment Release Certificate receipt.
The certificate is $125 and is available at any SGI motor licence issuer.
Take the certificate to the garage where the vehicle is impounded to have it released. All towing and storage charges must be paid to the garage keeper before the vehicle can be released.
Appealing for early release
You can appeal for early release of the impounded vehicle based on the following situations:
|Type of Impoundment||Section of The Traffic Safety Act||Grounds for Appeal|
|Rules of the Road Impoundments||Under Section 280 of The Traffic Safety Act||Please note the only issue that can go before the Highway Traffic Board is if the continued impoundments would pose a serious threat to the health of any person.|
|Rules of the Road Impoundments - Commercial vehicles1||Under Sections 199(2), 199(2.2), 213(1), 209.1(3) and 241.1(2) of The Traffic Safety Act||All of the following criteria must be met:
|Immediate Roadside Suspensions||Under Section 146,146.1, 146.2, 148, 150,150.1 and 150.2||
|Unauthorized Driver - driving while suspended or no driver's licence||Under Section 162 of The Traffic Safety Act||
To apply for early release:
- Pick up an Early Release Appeal Receipt at any motor licence issuer after paying a $175 application fee (non-refundable).
- Set up a telephone hearing with the Highway Traffic Board.
- Results of the hearing - whether or not the vehicle will be released early - will be provided by telephone.
- If the appeal for early release is successful, you must purchase a Vehicle Impoundment Release Certificate receipt for $125 at any motor licence issuer and bring the release certificate to the garage keepers. All towing and storage charges must be paid before the vehicle can be released.
Customer Service Centre
Vehicle Impoundment Unit