DOI says at 'each stage of process the owner has the opportunity to engage'
A 'well-established statutory process' was followed when dealing with a car left at Ronaldsway Airport for six months.
That's according to the Department of Infrastructure in response to a woman whose car went missing from Ronaldsway Airport.
Speaking on IOM TV, Samantha Tozer said she often did long trips, leaving her vehicle in the airport car park.
This time, after six months away, she returned to find it had gone, and later discovered it had been auctioned.
In a statement, the DOI said: "A well-established statutory process is followed in relation to any vehicles that must be removed due to being illegally parked or abandoned.
"If Fixed Penalty Notices fail to resolve the issue, the removal procedure begins and a notice is affixed to the vehicle advising of the intention to remove. This affords the owner a period of 14 days to remove it themselves. If it must be removed by the Department, a letter is sent to the registered owner advising them of the action taken.
"At each stage, the owner has the opportunity to engage through the appropriate channels. This may include the need to settle any outstanding costs, such a, parking fines or removal and storage expenses incurred by the taxpayer.
"While some vehicles are auctioned off when the owner cannot be traced, in most cases offenders are able to reclaim their property after settling any outstanding costs."