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Removal of Vehicles

Immobilisation, Removal, Storage and Disposal of Illegally Parked Vehicles

The Council has these powers under the The Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Aberdeen City Council) Designation Order 2003, Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and Removal and Disposal of Vehicles Amendment (Scotland) Regulations.

Removing and Immobilising (clamping) vehicles is desirable to reduce safety risks caused by dangerously-parked vehicles and to improve traffic flows affected by obstructive parking.  It also serves to deter persistent evaders and contraveners of parking restrictions and should also assist debt recovery by enabling officers to engage with vehicle owners with outstanding debts.

Immobilisation, Removal, Storage and Disposal processes are used by the Council to achieve the following objectives:

  • Increase parking compliance
  • Improve traffic and pedestrian safety
  • Improve traffic flow
  • Support collection of outstanding debts for unpaid penalty charges

Through use of these powers the Council shall help improve road safety and traffic flows.

CARS Recovery Limited has been contracted by the Council to deliver immobilisation, removal and storage of vehicle services.  Vehicles may only be immobilised and removed under the instruction of the City Wardens.

What should you do if your vehicle is missing?

If you think that your vehicle may have been removed because it was parked dangerously or obstructively or if you have unpaid parking charges and you parked your vehicle on a restricted area such as a yellow line or parking bay then you should contact the CARS Recovery Limited on 01224 896500 to make an enquiry if it was removed under instruction from the Council.

Alternatively you should contact Grampian Police Service Centre on telephone 0845 600 5 700.

How can vehicles be reclaimed?

To have your vehicle released you must attend the pound, pay the relevant charges and produce required documentation.

Vehicles should be reclaimed between 07:00 – 00:00 hours Monday to Friday and 09:00 – 17:00 Saturday and Sunday.  In exceptional circumstances it may be possible for vehicles to be collected outside these times.

Where are vehicles stored?

Vehicles are securely stored at:

What are the charges?

Removal of Vehicle (impound charge)  150
Storage Charge (per day or part day)  20
Penalty Charge Notice 60 (discounted to 30 if paid within 14 days)
Immobilisation - Release of Vehicle 50 
Disposal 150 

If you have other unpaid penalty charges then we would ask that you also pay these when reclaiming your vehicle.

What are the acceptable payment methods?

  • Cash
  • Switch
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Delta
  • Electron
  • Solo

NB Under no circumstances shall cheque payment be acceptable.

What proof of ownership must I present?

The following documentation must be presented prior to release of vehicle:

  • Vehicle registration documentation;
  • Insurance certificate;
  • Valid driving licence; and,
  • Proof of current address such as a Council Tax statement, a household bill or a bank statement.

I don't agree that my vehicle should have been removed

If you think that your vehicle should not have been removed then you have the right to make representation to the Council under section 71 of the Road Traffic Act 1991. Representation may only be made by writing. More information about making a representation will be provided to you when you collect your vehicle. If your representation is successful then your removal payment will be refunded.

Getting to the pound

First Bus, Aberdeen numbers 3, 3a, 5 and 21 run from the City Centre to close by the pound.

What happens to unclaimed vehicles?

Unclaimed vehicles may be sold or scrapped.