When: Every Other Monday
Viewing: 9 to 10 a.m.
Auction: 10 a.m.
Location: Claremont PD Impound Yard (enter at the gate at the end of Berkeley Ave. south of Bonita Ave., just west and south of the police station, 570 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont 91711)
Auction List: Posted in the Police Department lobby 5 days prior to the auction
In 1995 the State Legislature enacted the Safe Streets Act. Vehicle Code section 14602.6 was added to allow police officers to impound a vehicle being operated by any person driving without ever having been issued a license, or anyone driving with a suspended or revoked drivers license.
Based on Department of Motor Vehicle data, it is apparent that the growing number of persons operating vehicles illegally is a significant factor in the number of injury and fatal traffic collisions that occur annually in California.
In May of 1999, the Claremont Police Department implemented a Vehicle Impound Program (VIP) to address the increasing number of persons operating vehicles, who have never been licensed or whose driver license is suspended or revoked.
The vehicle of an unlicensed, suspended or revoked driver is impounded for a period of 30 days in addition to any court actions that may be taken against the driver. In order to secure the release of the vehicle once the 30 days is up, the registered owner or their agent must pay all fees associated with the impound and show a valid California drivers license. Vehicles unclaimed at the end of the 30 day impound are subsequently sold at auction to recover costs associated with the impound (per California Government Code sections 3071 & 3072).