Parking & Garages
The icons below feature our frequently asked questions about parking and garages. Please note that parking applications, including a change to your current vehicle, bay or garage, may take up to 21 days to complete.
We fully recognise the danger and frustration caused by selfish drivers who park where they know they shouldn’t. Parking offenders risks lives as ambulance, fire and police vehicles can be blocked or delayed from getting to an emergency.
Here we explain what Poplar HARCA and you can do if you spot dangerous parking on our estates.
Why can’t Poplar HARCA tow cars out of the way?
Poplar HARCA’s powers to address parking infringements are limited. Unlike local authorities, the police, the DVLA and VOSA, we do not have statutory powers to ticket, clamp or tow cars parked illegally on our estates.
What can Poplar HARCA do?
When we re-tendered parking enforcement, we weren’t able to find a reputable contractor who was able and willing to take-on a parking enforcement contract. In the main, this was because they cannot make a reasonable profit from estate parking contracts. We are going out to tender again in summer 2021.
Our current process is to issue a warning which, if ignored, will result in injunctive proceedings. This requires the DVLA to disclose the details of the registered keeper, and then legal proceedings. If the vehicle owner lives in a Poplar HARCA property, we will also serve a possession or s146 notice on the basis of a breach of tenancy or lease.
This process takes time but does gets results. Read a news article.
What you can do if you spot selfish or dangerous parking
Report it to Tower Hamlets Council. If it is causing a danger to others, report it to the Police.
If it is on Poplar HARCA land, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a date and time-stamped photo of the vehicle that clearly shows the location and the registration number.Apply for a pramshed, garage or parking bay