Clamps and removals

New vehicle removal policy

From the 1st April 2016, our vehicle removal policy is changing. The key changes to the policy are as follows:

  • there will be an extra grace period for residents in regards to permit renewals. The new grace period allows residents 14 days (instead of 7) to renew their expired resident permit. The old 7 day grace period meant that once a permit expired, a PCN could be issued to a resident’s vehicle instantly, but their vehicle wouldn’t be removed until the 8th day. The new 14 day grace period means that no PCN will be issued to a resident’s vehicle and no removal will take place until the 15th day.
  • we are prioritising dangerous and obstructive parking and have reduced the number of parking contraventions (from 13 to 9) where we’ll remove vehicles immediately.
  • we are no longer prioritising yellow lines for removal unless the vehicle is causing an obstruction (as defined in the removal policy).
  • blue badge fraud cases and persistent evaders can now be removed under any contravention code, allowing us to prioritise these types of removals.

The new vehicle removal policy is available to view below:



We do not undertake widespread clamping. We take a firm but fair approach and continue to take strong action against the minority of worst offenders.

We will only clamp vehicles under the following circumstances:

  • persistent evaders, who cost the taxpayer thousands of pounds, with three or more repeatedly unpaid and unchallenged parking tickets


We continue to remove vehicles that are parked dangerously, or causing an obstruction.

We will remove vehicles from:

  • disabled person parking bays
  • car club bays
  • any other specific use bays (such permit holder bays, paid for parking bays etc)
  • suspended bays
  • pedestrian crossings and associated zigzags
  • yellow lines during their hours of operation (this means at any time on double yellow lines and the hours of operation as displayed on signs for single yellow lines)

This is not an exhaustive list and there will be occasion when we need to remove vehicles from other locations for specific reasons.

Vehicle removal policy

 Please read our vehicle removal policy for more information:


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