The Toulouse pound is saturated, troublesome vehicles can no longer be removed from the streets
870. This is the number of vehicles that have been reported in Toulouse to be removed, reports the daily The Midi Dispatch. In question ? The pound of the pink city is saturated. In fact, 10,000 vehicles pass, on average, through the impound lot, which operates on a just-in-time basis, each year. In 2022, this figure was already 9,455 cars as of August 31. An impressive number when you consider that the site has 472 locations.
Vehicles passing through the pound are of all kinds. The cars recovered the fastest are those removed as part of an emergency operation, to free the passage or allow the installation of a market, for example. Generally, they only stay two to three days at the pound. This duration allows regular rotation.
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The saturation of the network comes, in reality, from another type of removal: that for abusive parking. The duration is all the longer when the car is abandoned. In this case, the site accommodates the vehicle for thirty days, on average. This is why the municipal police are sometimes forced to order fewer impoundments when an important event is brewing in Toulouse and places must therefore be available to facilitate the removal of vehicles preventing it.
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In order to overcome this problem of space, the town hall wanted to start looking for a new place to accommodate 300 to 350 places. However, a location had been found, but the project was abandoned during the last City Council, on November 9, report La Dépêche du Midi. However, the regional daily indicates that another solution has been chosen, that of launching a tender intended for private fourierists. The City thus hopes that a deal will be concluded quickly and that this new solution will be applicable from the beginning of 2023.
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