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Tow away of vehicles left on the side of the road

  • Service
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

The Lapland ELY Centre is nationally responsible for identifying the owners of the vehicles left on the road and for making decisions on towing and reimbursement.

The ELY Centre can have a vehicle towed from the road, if:

  • The vehicle has not been removed from an accident site within two days of the traffic accident;
  • The vehicle has been parked on the road against the rules;
  • The parked vehicle causes harm to the maintenance, cleaning, repair or construction of the road area or to an event organised on the road area; or
  • The vehicle has been abandoned, based on its condition or other external signs

A vehicle can be removed immediately if it causes a danger to other traffic or significant harm to the use of the road.

A municipality can have an end-of-life vehicle towed away if the holder of the vehicle neglects his duty under the Waste Act to deliver the vehicle to an appropriate collector or treatment facility.

If the car is on a private road or private area, a municipality can have it removed upon justified request of a private road keeper or owner of the area.

Vehicles are transferred to a storage appointed by the municipality on whose area they were found. Municipalities are responsible for storing the towed vehicles. Another option is local tow-away, where the vehicle is moved within sight of the place where it was found.

A written decision on the tow-away and the applicable charge is given immediately to the last owner or holder of the vehicle registered on the database of vehicles.

If the owner or the holder of the vehicle is not known, the decision is published on the public announcement bulletin board of the municipality in question.

The owner or holder of the vehicle is responsible for reimbursing the costs of the tow-away arrangements, transfer of the vehicle and administration. An invoice will be sent within two weeks of the tow-away. The charge is distrainable without a separate decision.


  • Storage tow-away of vans and passenger cars costs EUR 220 and local tow-away EUR 110;
  • Storage or local tow-away of lorries or other heavy vehicles costs EUR 90 plus the actual costs.

The owner of the vehicle is also responsible for reimbursing the municipality for the costs of storage and possible waste disposal.

Do the following

You can report a vehicle left on the highway by telephoning the Road User Line. Give information about the location of the vehicle (municipality, address, road number or name) and the registration or other identification of the vehicle.

The vehicle can be retrieved from the storage within 30 days the service of the decision.

When retrieving the vehicle, you must present a receipt of the paid tow-away fee and personal identification.

If the owner does not retrieve the towed vehicle within 30 days the service of the decision, the vehicle will become property of the municipality on whose area it was found.

To whom and on what terms

A fee is charged for the service.

Basic information

The service is provided byCentre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Other responsible organisationsELY Centre for Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for South Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Satakunta, ELY Centre for Uusimaa, ELY Centre for South Savo, ELY Centre for Häme, ELY Centre for Pirkanmaa, ELY Centre for North Karelia, ELY Centre for Varsinais-Suomi, ELY Centre for Lapland, ELY Centre for Central Finland, ELY Centre for Southeast Finland, ELY Centre for Kainuu, ELY Centre for North Savo, ELY Centre for North Ostrobothnia
Responsible for the serviceCentre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: ELY Centre
Updated: 24/3/2021