Comment on our draft Vehicle Removal Policy

Closed 5 Mar 2021

Opened 18 Feb 2021

Results updated 8 Apr 2021

Response figures

We received 166 responses to this consultation. Of these:

  • 154 are Buckinghamshire residents
  • 48 work in Buckinghamshire
  • 10 represent local businesses
  • 17 represent community groups
  • 30 are elected representatives

(Please note some people fall into more than one of the above categories)

Support and opposition

  • 86% of respondents support the Council introducing a Vehicle Removal Policy
  • Of these, 23% asked for wider enforcement action - mainly removal of vehicles that block pavements.  Currently, footway parking contraventions outside London are not subject to civil enforcement unless a Traffic Regulation Order is in place. The Council therefore has no powers to enforce against this activity at the moment.
  • 12% of respondents were neither for nor against the Policy but provided impartial feedback
  • 2% of respondents were opposed to the Policy
  • A record of all comments received in response to the consultation are available in this document

Decision

The Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Logistics approved the adoption of the Vehicle Removal Policy and the formal decision was recorded on 18 March 2021. A removal and storage contract will now be put in place.

Overview

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The proposal

We aim to undertake a fair and transparent approach to the removal of vehicles. This proposed Council Policy sets out in which circumstances we will remove parked vehicles that contravene on-street parking restrictions and take them to a secure vehicle storage facility. These circumstances include:

  • Parked vehicles that cause a serious obstruction to emergency services and other road users
  • Vehicles parked in a disabled-person’s parking bay without displaying a disabled blue badge
  • Fraudulent use of a disabled-person’s parking blue badge (whether it is genuine or counterfeit)
  • Persistent evaders - where there are five or more recorded parking contraventions for the vehicle and the penalties for these have not been paid.
  • Fraudulent use of a Buckinghamshire Council pay-and-display parking ticket, parking permit or voucher (including cashless parking and virtual permits)

The content in this draft Policy complies with our statutory duties and we have outlined them in the Policy document.

Draft Vehicle Removal Policy

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How to comment

To submit your comments, please complete the online comment form below or write to us at Parking Team, Buckinghamshire Council, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF by 28 February 2021.

What happens next

We will consider the comments we receive and make any relevant amendments we put forward a final draft policy for approval. We will update any respondents who provide their contact details.

Privacy

We will use the information you provide only for the purpose of this activity. We will store the information securely, in line with data protection laws. We will not share or publish any personal details. Please visit the privacy page to read our full Privacy Policy.

Interests

  • Roads & parking