Good for them - someone has to remove the cars to clear the road, so the motorist should get charged. Heavy snow was forecast well in advance so no excuse for most of the cars to even come out to play.*grin*
"It is a shame the charge is being waived....." FE I totaly disagree with you
Many of those who abandoned their cars will I assume have done so because they felt that it was the safest thing to do having been confronted with unsafe driving conditions on untreated and neglected roads. Unfortunately not everyone has the luxury of being able to use public transport to get to work but still have to get to work if possible. And having got to work then obviously and reasonably try to get home. Don't I recall that the authorities have a obligation to treat major roads. One complaint I saw was that no treatment had been done if so these people should be able to seek compensation. It is wonderful that a government will happily collect millions of pounds from the motorist in road tax but spend so little on road upkeep or maintenance and the first time that their is a problem they appear to greedily hound the motorist for every pound via local councils and agencies etc
You may well find that the police are not 'raking' it in, and in this case of refunds are doing it as a loss.
Many years ago, to tow or recover a vehicle the police paid the bill, and then claimed off the vehicle owner. A bobby at the roadside could not do this, as all 'recoveries' had to be authorised by an inspector or higher rank, and in most cases this was not authorised. Nowadays with the change of motoring law, the bobby at the roadside can request a 'recovery' vehicle. The usual now arrangement, is for the recovery company to claim from the owner of the vehicle, a recovery and any storage charges, the police most likely gain nothing, except to perhaps clear an hazard or illegal vehicle from the highway etc.
In the PAST there used to be something called the "golden hook" this is where the Traffic Police would use a "preferred" person/contractor to recover vehicles in return for a small "gratuity"! Sorry if it offends,but definitely USED to happen. I can't say if the practice still happens.