Issue details

West Sussex County Council Vehicle Removal Policy

As part of the implementation of Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE), the County Council has previously requested from the Department for Transport the powers to remove, store and dispose of vehicles in contravention of parking restrictions and, although granted, it was agreed that the use of these powers would be subject to further approval from the Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure.


With CPE now more established and generally accepted in West Sussex, it is considered that vehicle removal could be a more appropriate tool for vehicles parked in contravention. It is considered appropriate to enact those powers as well as seek DVLA approval to devolve powers to the County Council to take enforcement action against individuals with untaxed vehicles.


A Vehicle Removal Policy would concern vehicles parked in contravention in the following circumstances:


·         Persistent evader vehicles found parked in contravention

·         Fraudulent use of disabled persons parking blue badges or an article that purports to be a disabled blue badge

·         Parked using a fraudulent on-street parking permit, voucher or pay and display parking ticket, inclusive of cashless parking sessions and virtual permits.

·         Parked in a manner that causes serious obstruction to emergency services and other road users

·         Abandoned and Untaxed Vehicles


The Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport will be asked to approve a Vehicle Removal Policy for West Sussex and seek DVLA approval to take enforcement action against individuals with untaxed vehicles.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: For Determination

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 01/12/2020

Decision due: August 2021 by Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Lead member: Councillor Joy Dennis

Contact: Miles Davy, Parking Manager Email: Tel: 033 022 26688.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.



District and Borough Councils

Sussex Police

Democratic Services Contact: Judith Shore Tel: 033 022 26052

Background3: A Prosperous Place

Background papers

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