Removal of vehicles

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

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.

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 Police Scotland on 101.

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

Vehicles are securely stored at:

CARS Recovery Limited
Craigshaw Drive
West Tullos Industrial Estate
AB12 3AS
01224 896500
Open 7am to 12am Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday.
First Bus, Aberdeen numbers 3, 3a, 5 and 21 run from the City Centre to close by the pound.


Charges are outlined below. You must also pay any outstanding Penalty Charge Notices when reclaiming your vehicle.

Charge Amount
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 

Payment can be made in cash or by credit or debit card.


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.

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.

Unclaimed vehicles may be sold or scrapped.

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