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Increase in vehicle recovery charge proposed

Car recovery cost could rise by 40 per cent

The cost of recovering a car from a police impound yard should rise by more than 40 per cent to £150, the government has said.

Home Office ministers issued a consultation paper which also proposed abolishing the current flat rate for recovery of all types of vehicle.

Instead there should be a sliding scale depending on the size of vehicle and type of recovery – with one scenario including an HGV costing a massive £9,000.

The existing charges have not been increased since 1993, the paper said, and inflation and other factors meant it was time to review charges.

Recovery costs

Storage of a light vehicle – including cars and all types of motorcycle – should also rise from £12 a day to £15 a day, or £20 a day inside the M25.

The cost to the motorist of claiming back vehicles removed at the police’s request – whether illegally parked, broken down or abandoned – is currently £105.

Fees should rise to £150 in all cases for a light vehicle, unless it is completely submerged in water or there are hazardous chemicals involved, when the cost should be £300, the consultation said.

Higher fees should apply to different categories of HGV, added the paper, which is open to consultation until 31 July and applies to England and Wales.

HGV charges

Light HGVs should be charged at between £150 and £3,000 depending on the type of recovery, and medium HGVs at between £350 and £5,000.

The heaviest class of HGVs should carry fees of between £350 and – in the case of a submerged or hazardous chemical recovery – £9,000.

The paper said: ‘The government wishes to make it clear that the aim of the charges has never been to impose a penalty on vehicle drivers or owners.’

Fees in Scotland are set at a £150 flat rate.

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