With costs for each removal averaging more than £100 under fees recommended by the police for private contractors, fleet drivers who receive a slow response from their breakdown organisation could find themselves heavily out of pocket. While motorists who are not covered have to pay the cost anyway, much of the reason for taking out breakdown cover is to avoid the unexpected cost of removing a vehicle from the motorway.
The unwritten rule had previously been to ensure that vehicles were cleared in two to four hours, leaving plenty of time for breakdown services to reach members. However, amid health and safety concerns over stranded motorists remaining on the hard shoulder where they are at risk of being hit by fast-moving traffic, the ACPO traffic committee decided to act. The recommendations are not enforceable by law and are open to interpretation by each Chief Constable.