This paper provides an overview of the removal and clamping service provided by the Metropolitan Police Services via a number of different contractors. Current practice is to use limited resources to contain the illegal parking problem. Removals are undertaken on a regular basis in the Boroughs of Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Camden, Brent, Hammersmith and Fulham, Ealing, Wandsworth, Lambeth, Southwark, Islington, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham and Croydon. In 1991 141,748 removals were carried out, and in 1992 the figure was 128,554 removals. Clamping is confined to West Kensington, Chelsea, and South Camden. Statistics for clamping in 1991 are 125,173 and in 1992 109,430. A number of different contractors are employed for removals, clamping and car pound management. The paper describes the systems of operation for clamping and removals. The main problems highlighted are: (1) the different aims of the police management and the profit- driven contractor services; (2) allegations of damage to vehicles caused by the removal process (785 claims were received in 1992 for damage following removals or clamping); and (3) disposal of unclaimed vehicles (c. 4000 per year unclaimed vehicles are scrapped and c. 200 more are disposed of at auction). For the covering abstract of the conference see IRRD 863556.


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  • Pagination: p. 71-9
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: PA3010/93

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  • Accession Number: 00662335
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jul 28 1994 12:00AM