Vehicle recovery website now up and running

Vehicle recovery website now up and running

National News

A web application is now available for people who need to register vehicles which remain within the cordoned area of the Christchurch CBD.

A further 363 vehicles were returned to owners yesterday with 79 more owners contacted and making arrangements for collection. That means nearly 750 cars have been returned to owners since Saturday.

Owners who have a vehicle in the cordoned area and still haven't registered their vehicle can now do so by going to www.police.govt.nz.

• Click on the 'Christchurch Car Finder application' link on the home page.
• Enter your registration number
• Enter your details
• Provide helpful additional comment such as whether keys are available.

This process will provide you with a status update advising whether your car has been located or retrieved. The status is updated daily so owners can continue to check once a day on the website for an update.

Once the vehicle is ready for collection and the checks and balances have been carried out the Police Vehicle Recovery Team will contact the owner. Please register a vehicle only once.

Those vehicle owners without web access can register a vehicle on 0800 311 311 between the hours of 8am and 5pm. Remember - please only register a vehicle once.

Owners are reminded that there are still significant safety issues within the CBD and many vehicles are in public car park buildings and in underground parking areas. Even if a vehicle is not damaged and driveable there may be access issues that will delay the return of a vehicle. A large number of vehicles are badly damaged and not driveable. The process of retrieving all vehicles may take some weeks.

Owners are encouraged to continue to check the website application and media releases for updates and advice, as well as The Press newspaper.

Those vehicle owners without web access can register a vehicle on - 0800 311 311 between the hours of 8am and 5pm. Remember - please only register a vehicle once.

Due to the sheer number of vehicles in the CBD zone and the safety issues surrounding their recovery it could take weeks to retrieve some vehicles, so please be patient. Once a vehicle has been registered please do not telephone the Police back re its recovery, as all that is doing is hampering the Police's ability to nationally take other calls, including 111. When your vehicle is available for collection it will be displayed on the website and or you will be called.

We again implore vehicle owners to be patient.

Christchurch Media Liaison Team: 027 432 0960 or ChchPoliceMediaLiason@police.govt.nz
Public Affairs: 04 460 2986 or 04 474 9482