Council issue warning to persistent illegal parking offenders: "We will remove your cars"

This means the council can now remove cars which are illegally parked.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 10:04 am
Updated Thursday, 25th March 2021, 10:04 am
The Council can now remove cars which break rules

Buckinghamshire Council Council say that they have been inundated with requests to remove parked vehicles that persistently break the rules.

The new powers are targeted at 'persistent offenders' who avoid paying parking charges and then parking penalty charge notices.

They will now be able to take cars who break the rules to a secure vehicle storage facility.

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hese circumstances include:

persistent evaders - where there are five or more recorded parking contraventions for the vehicle and for which the penalties have not been paid.

where vehicles are parked in a signed suspended area that stop or delay planned works by or on behalf of the council

Following consultation, the new policy has now been agreed, and the decision can be found here: Smith, Service Director - Highways and Technical Services said: “We were pleased to hear opinions from Buckinghamshire’s residents and businesses. Their input has helped us shape the policy.

"We will now be able set up contracts for the safe removal and storage of vehicles removed from the public highway and will phase in these policies as these contracts come in to place.

|Illegally parked vehicles not only cause a public nuisance, but in some cases can prove to be dangerous to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

"There are also drivers who have not given DVLA appropriate vehicle ownership details, which makes unpaid parking charges and penalties difficult to recover; and costs our council taxpayers a considerable amount of money, as well as often committing other traffic offences.

Buckinghamshire Council’s new Vehicle Removal Policy addresses these issues in favour of residents who do the right thing, play by the rules and don’t try to cheat the system.”