Overview

The Essential Services Commission periodically provides advice to the Minister for Roads on accident towing, storage and salvage fees in the Melbourne controlled area.

We have completed our 2018 review of fees for accident towing, storage and salvage services. On 10 December 2018, we provided the Minister for Roads with our final recommendations, which are outlined in a final report.

The final report follows from our draft report in August 2018 and consultation paper in April 2018.

The minister has previously determined regulated accident towing and storage fees in Melbourne and may determine new fees in response to our final recommendations. The current 2018-19 regulated fees will continue to apply until the minister makes a new fee determination.

Our final recommendations include an increase in vehicle storage fees to $25 per day

Our final recommendations, if implemented, would result in:

  • no changes to regulated accident towing fees
  • increases in each of the regulated daily storage fees
  • no change to how fees are annually adjusted
  • no additions to the services that are regulated.

The current 2018-19 regulated fees will continue to apply until the minister makes a new fee determination, which may occur in response to our final recommendations.

Fee description 2018-19 actual
($ incl. GST)
2018-19 recommended
($ incl. GST)
Accident towing fees
Base fee (incl. first 8km) 221.40 221.40
Distance fee (after 8km) 3.50 3.50
After hours surcharge 75.60 75.60
Storage fees (per day)
Car - under cover 17.00 25.00
Car - in locked yard 11.50 16.90
Motorcycle - under cover 5.60 8.25
Motorcycle - in locked yard 3.60 5.30


For more information on our review, visit the accident towing and storage fees review 2018 page on our website.