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Not sure if.......

....... this should be in the jokes section or not :shakehead

Cheers, Ben

Brother worked for a breakdown recovery company. His boss was always complaining about people refusing to pay the charges when thay came to collect their car. Legally his contract to recover the car is with the police not you. So he can't prevent you taking the car. all he can do is bill the old bill. :D or at least he could if he didn't have a clause in his contract stating that he can't bill the old bill. However He did leave 2 yrs ago so this might have changed. Especially now that the police have moved away from crime detection and more into the debt collection/revenue raising business.
 
Unless the system has changed, the Police have a system called "Rota Garages". They call out a Recovery Garage to an accident or to move a stolen car, from a list of approved Garages that have the equipment to handle the job. It is no use turning up to a car on it's roof, with a van and tow rope, when it needs a Hiab and a full lift.

The vehicle and the operators time has to be paid for. It is usually assumed that the Insurance will pay. The Garages are NOT agents of the Police, they are Private Companys that are called on when needed.

It is, however, a licence to print money. To get on a Police Rota, some people would sell thier children, it is so lucrative.

The vehicle uses up space in the storage area, so must pay for each day, so the sooner you move it, the cheaper it is.

As has been said, it isn't fair, but the Police have a Duty to keep the roads clear and safe, and I suppose to protect your property after it has been recovered when stolen.

That is the Recovery Agents side, possibly Lacy or another of the Policemen can give their side.

Chris
 
I can see where your both coming from, I rolled a landy and got it sort of wedged down a single track road (oops:eek:) and that needed a hiab to turn it back over. That was MY fault, I rolled it and I payed to get the landy out of the compound, fair enough.
Its not my fault though if some little scrote nicks my truck and it has to be recovered. Usually if they find vehicles their abandoned and just need driving back, either that or their burnt out so its an insurance job anyway. It just seems like a kick in the balls to have your car nicked and then have to pay to have it back. Almost worth the police nicking them themselves........
Most people who have their car nicked go and get it back straight away after the police finished with them I would of thought. I know I would. Surely they could keep it somewhere for a day or two without any charges. Maybe after a few days and it hasnt been collected then yes, but chagre 100+ quid for a car that could potentially be in a compound for a few hours. Daylight robbery? From the police? Hmmmm

Cheers, Ben
 
I can see where your both coming from, I rolled a landy and got it sort of wedged down a single track road (oops:eek:) and that needed a hiab to turn it back over. That was MY fault, I rolled it and I payed to get the landy out of the compound, fair enough.
Its not my fault though if some little scrote nicks my truck and it has to be recovered. Usually if they find vehicles their abandoned and just need driving back, either that or their burnt out so its an insurance job anyway. It just seems like a kick in the balls to have your car nicked and then have to pay to have it back. Almost worth the police nicking them themselves........


Cheers, Ben

I wasn't saying people shouldn't pay to get their cars backs I was just pointing out a the Loophole in the system. My brothers bosses firm was on the police rota list. and his boss was always complaining about people using this loophole to avoid paying. From the news article I'd guess that the bean counters have latched on to this and done something to stop it.

Police in humberside had a policy whereby If they found an car abandoned or untaxed or they chased a car and lost the driver they went to the address of the registered keeper. If he denied ownership "not mine mate sold it to a stranger etc etc" They phoned the recovery company which had the car and ordered it's destruction, while they were stood on the doorstep. You'd be amazed how many people suddenly realised that actually they did own the car
 
I worked and still occasionally do work for a recovery agent, he is called by the police to recover cars he then stores them at the above costs if someone is short of a bob he has two options if they are willing to pay but don't have enough dosh he will normally do a deal where by the storage cost are waived however if it is a scrote refuses to pay at all he will hold onto the car basically "no pay no play!!"
he had a couple of non payers in the compound including an almost new Audi A6 quattro diesel from Germany (third party) and a 53 reg rover 75 (serious lack of insurance!) the A6 he sold to the local scrappy who gave him £8000 for it the rover is still sitting as the owner is in dispute with the insurance (he was driving after a couple of sherbets!!!:D ) so the insurance want nothing to do with it! that will probably go for scrap as well:rolleyes: (its a rover!!)
 
i think its quite reasonable.
how would you feel if you got a call saying youir motor was on its roof in the middle lane of the M4 and it was up to you to get it shifted?
 
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