Recovery Charges

Recovery Charges

About two months ago I over-cooked a corner on the way home and stacked it into some railings.

I was only insured third party because it was just an old Bandit 600. Nonetheless I was gutted. Anyways, whilst I was being taken away in an ambulance for my broken leg the Old Bill arranged for the bike to be recovered.

At the time I thanked them as I was in no fit state to sort it out myself. However, I now reckon the plod have stitched me up so they can make some money for themselves. A right couple of chancers. When I rocked up at the recovery yard I was told I had to pay a recovery charge. I couldn’t believe it. It wouldn’t surprise me if the recovery chap was related to the coppers.

I didn’t order the recovery truck so I don’t see why I should pay. I’m thinking of suing the Police. What do you reckon?


You’re seeing conspiracy theories where there aren’t any. You fell of your bike through your actions and you caused a mess that needed clearing up. The Old Bill were just doing their job. Any judge in the land will throw it out of court as the coppers have done nothing wrong.

Basically, under the law the Police have the power to get vehicles causing an obstruction removed. The law also means that you as the owner have to pay a charge. Details of these can be found at The Removal, Storage and Disposal of Vehicles (Prescribed Sums and Charges) Regulations 2008.

If I were you I would try and get it paid and the bike home as quickly as possible to stop the charges racking up.

Andrew ‘Chef’ Prendergast

Motorcycle Monthly December 2019

Posted by Andrew Prendergast. Last modified: September 21, 2020 at 5:08 pm

Andrew has been riding motorcycles since he was 10 years old and currently rides a ZZR1400 as his daily commuter whether it is sunny or snowing. In addition, he is currently restoring an old Honda CB750 K1. Andrew practices across all areas of motorcycle law, with his practice involving both civil claims and motoring defence work.
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