Parking enforcement and penalties

Clamping and removals

Vehicle removals 

We don’t clamp vehicles in Newham. If your vehicle has been clamped, it will be by a private company or possibly a bailiff. There should be contact details in the notice on your car.  

​In some circumstances we have to remove vehicles, these include:  

  • Vehicles which are parked dangerously 
  • If we are asked by the police 
  • If a vehicle is in contravention of the parking controls 
  • Vehicles which are causing a serious obstruction. 

If you think we have removed your vehicle, you can check on the TRACE website or call TRACE on 0300 077 0100* (24hrs). You will be asked for your vehicle registration.

The General Regulations for Clamping and the Removal and Disposal of Vehicles (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2007 for removals state when you have to wait either 15 or 30 minutes after the issue of a PCN before removing a vehicle and when you can immediately remove a vehicle after the issue of a PCN. Vehicles not identified as persistent evaders that are parked in a parking place must not be removed until 30 minutes have elapsed since the end of any period of paid parking.

Vehicles that have been identified as persistent evaders that are parked in a parking place must not be removed until more than 15 minutes have elapsed since the end of any period of paid parking. Vehicles that are not parked in a parking place, such those observed on yellow lines, those misusing blue badges or those parked in dedicated spaces without complying with the restrictions (such as but not limited to a disabled bay or suspended bay) may be removed immediately after the issue of a PCN. 

If your vehicle has been removed for the purpose of being untaxed or classed as an abandoned vehicle the above does not apply and are subject to different removal times depending on the notice issued to the vehicle.

How to release your vehicle from the Newham vehicle pound 

If your vehicle has been removed to our pound, you will need to bring documents to prove your ownership and payment to secure its release. 

You must bring four documents with you: 

  • Photo ID - this can be a driving licence, passport or European ID card with photograph. 
  • Proof of address (dated within the last three months) - this can be a utility bill, bank or building society statement or credit card statement. 
  • Proof you own or have permission to use the vehicle - this can be a V5C (log book), car rental agreement or a letter from your employer on headed paper if it is a company car not registered in your name. 
  • Insurance - A valid insurance certificate (not an insurance schedule or policy number) to show that you are insured to drive the vehicle - even if the vehicle is a company car. If you have hired a vehicle, you must bring the lease agreement to confirm you are insured to drive it. 

Cost to release your vehicle 

To release your car you must pay: 

  • A £200 removal fee and; 
  • The amount shown on your PCN (parking ticket). 

If you do not collect your vehicle within 24 hours of it being removed, you will have to pay a storage charge of £40 per day. Our storage charge applies 365 days a year, when the car pound is open to the public.  

If the pound is closed to the public for a bank holiday, you will not have to pay a storage charge for that day. 

How to pay 

You can pay by: 

  • Card (credit/debit) 
  • Cash 

Coin payments 

Our policy on coin payments is in line with the guidance given by the Bank of England. We do not accept payments by coins if they are more than the following limits: 

  • 50ps - maximum of £10 
  • 20ps - maximum of £10 
  • 10ps - maximum of £5 
  • 5ps - maximum of £5 
  • 2ps - maximum of 20p 
  • 1p - maximum of 20p. 

If your vehicle is not road worthy 

If you are unable to drive your vehicle out of the car pound, you will need to make arrangements for it to be towed. For health and safety reasons you will not be able to carry out repairs or boost the vehicle's battery while it is on Newham Council land. 

How to release someone else's vehicle 

You can release someone else's vehicle on their behalf in the same way you would release your own vehicle. The only difference is the documents you must bring with you. 

Make sure you have: 

  • Photo ID for you and the vehicle owner or registered keeper 
  • Personal ID for you and the vehicle owner or registered keeper 
  • A signed letter giving you the authority to collect the vehicle 
  • A valid insurance certificate to show you are insured to drive the vehicle. 

Appeal against a vehicle removal 

If your vehicle is removed and you feel as though it should not have been removed, you can make an appeal against the penalty charge notice and removal. However, you can only do this after you have paid to release your vehicle. 

Details on how to do this will be given to you at the vehicle pound. You must make your appeal within 28 days of collecting your vehicle.  

How to get to the vehicle pound 

​If you are driving or coming by taxi or mini cab, please use the Jenkins Lane entrance:   

Newham Vehicle Pound 
Newham Central Depot 
Jenkins Lane 
IG11 0AD 

If you are walking or coming by bus please use the Folkestone Road entrance: 

Newham Vehicle Pound 
Newham Central Depot 
Folkestone Road 
E6 6BX 

The number 300 bus, which goes to East Ham Station stops outside the London Borough of Newham Central depot at the Folkestone Road entrance.​ 

Telephone: 020 3373 3883 

Map and directions to Newham Vehicle Pound

Opening hours 

Monday 8am - 8pm
Tuesday 8am - 8pm
Wednesday 8am - 8pm
Thursday 8am - 8pm
Friday 8am - 8pm
Saturday 8am - 8pm
Sunday 8:30am - 7pm

Please ensure that you arrive 30 minutes before closing with all required documents.

Football matches and borough-wide events 

If there is a West Ham United home football match or a large scale event taking place on a Sunday or bank holiday, the car pound may close later than usual.  

You can check the car pound opening times by calling 020 3373 3883. 

Request a vehicle removal 

You can call 020 3373 0660 to ask us to remove a vehicle.

Monday 7am - 5pm
Tuesday 7am - 5pm
Wednesday 7am - 5pm
Thursday 7am - 5pm
Friday 7am - 5pm
Saturday 7am - 4pm
Sunday 8am - 3:30pm
Bank holidays 8am - 3:30pm