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Court calls a halt to expensive car accident recovery fees

A recent court case has ruled that people involved in car accidents can no longer be charged exorbitant fees for the recovery of their damaged vehicles.

Until recently, any car that was too badly damaged to be driven following a road accident was usually collected by a private vehicle-recovery contractor arranged by the police. That contractor could then charge their fees, no matter how large, to the owner of the vehicle.

Following a case at Willesden County Court in April, however, it was ruled that owners of vehicles recovered from the scene of a road accident only have to pay the fees that are required of them according to statute. These fees are 105 for the recovery of the vehicle and 12 for each day it is kept in storage.

In 2005, tens of millions of pounds was forked out to recovery operators but the recent decision will mean car accident victims and insurance companies will no longer be at the mercy of unscrupulous agents.



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*Where replacement vehicle costs can be recovered from the insurance company of the person who caused the accident. Where this person is untraceable or uninsured, or where there is a dispute over liability, a replacement vehicle cannot be provided.