Obstructions and clamping

An obstruction is usually classed as preventing someone from having reasonable use of the highway.  Whether action is taken or not will depend on what the enforcement officer makes of the situation at the time.

There are typically two different types of obstructions that you may encounter. 

  • vehicle obstruction
  • vehicles obstructing dropped kerb access to your driveway, pedestrian and road access


Vehicle obstruction

To report a vehicle obstruction please contact APCOA Parking on 020 8708 5211.

You will need to provide:

  • the vehicle registration number
  • location of the vehicle

Action taken

A Civil Enforcement Officer will be sent to your location and issue the offending vehicle with a Penalty Charge Notice.


Other obstruction

Other obstructions that you may find include:

  • overhanging vegetation
  • scaffolding, hoarding, skips and builders materials obstruction
  • overhanging vehicles (where your driveways isn't big enough to hold your car)
  • building materials and other obstructions

To report an other obstruction, please contact the Customer Contact Centre

Report obstruction 

You will need to provide:

  • your contact details
  • type of obstruction
  • location of obstruction

Action taken

We will send an officer to investigate the obstruction usually within three days (often the same day). Appropriate action will then be taken.


Clamping on private land

You must have a license to tow or clamp vehicles parked on private land

For advice on parking on private land and illegal clamping visit Citizen’s Advice.

If you have been clamped on private land, and need advice, please contact the Citizens Advice on 0845 404 0506.