Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 01/FOI/18/000494

The addresses and email details for all Metropolitan Police pounds (owned or provided by third parties).

There are 2 Metropolitan Police vehicle pounds, both staffed and run entirely by police staff.

Charlton Police Pound, Bramshot Avenue, Charlton, London, SE7 7HY

Perivale Police Pound, Walmgate Road, Perivale, London, UB6 7LR

No email addresses have been provided, because the pound staff do not communicate with the public by email.

Where necessary a specific mailbox address will be provided to a member of the public, but only if they are required to produce a copy of a document, or authorisation, in order to secure the release of the vehicle.

Victims of crime, insurance companies and finance companies are provided with a specific pound telephone number in the notice letter they receive.

Communication to insurance companies is carried out by both email and telephone. The email contact is initiated by the pound staff at the time of the vehicle removal, to speed up the process.

Because these email addresses and telephone numbers are all for a specific, limited purpose, they are not made available to the general public and are not disclosed on our web site.

The number of vehicles currently held at each pound

The figures below include the total number of vehicles currently stored at each pound, for any reason. This includes vehicles seized or removed under various legislation including the Road Traffic Act, Police Reform Act, PACE and Section 99 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act.

Charlton 808 as of 22/10/18

Perivale 848 as of 22/10/18

The number of vehicles held that are ‘released’ i.e. are able to be collected by their owner

It should be noted that vehicles are only retained under S22 PACE if they are required for evidential purposes. This does not include recovered stolen vehicles, which can normally be collected immediately, unless they are linked to a more serious crime.

Charlton 558 as of 22/10/18

Perivale 546 as of 22/10/18

The daily storage charge charged by each pound

The statutory storage charge for cars is £20 per day and for two wheelers it is £10 per day. Vehicles over 3.5t attract higher storage fees, in line with the schedule of statutory charges.

The statutory storage charge does not apply to all categories of vehicles. According to the reason for removal, some categories of vehicles are stored at police expense, at no cost to the owner.

The pound policy for

a. notifying victims, keepers, finance companies and / or insurers that their vehicle is held and can be collected

The owner of a stolen vehicle is notified by the officer who finds the vehicle if possible, notification is normally by telephone. If the victim cannot be contacted immediately, a note is placed on the crime report for the OIC to contact the victim as soon as possible.

For all categories of vehicle that can be collected immediately, notice letters are sent by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to the following, at the time when the vehicle arrives at the police pound:

• the registered keeper

• the victim of crime, as recorded on the crime report, if different from the registered keeper

• any finance company with a recorded interest on the HPI database.

MPS staff will also notify the insurer by email at the time of arrival at the police pound, using the insurance policy details held on the Police National Computer. This is not a statutory requirement. An email is sent regardless of whether an insurance claim has been recorded on the MIAFTR database.

If the vehicle was stolen by means of burglary or was involved in other serious crime, the notification will not be sent until after the vehicle is no longer required under PACE for evidential reasons.

b. disposal of vehicles that are not collected

Vehicles are disposed of entirely in accordance with the relevant retention and disposal regulations, depending upon the power of seizure or removal.

Vehicles seized under the Road Traffic Act or Police Reform Act are disposed of after 14 days, if they are not reclaimed.

Vehicles removed under S99 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, including stolen vehicles, could be disposed of after 7 days, but in the MPS we retain them for 14 days.

Vehicles removed under PACE powers are retained for 28 days after the owner has been notified of their release.

Vehicles are scrapped, broken or sold at auction, to obtain the best possible price.