Wheel clamping: RIP

A new ban that came into force today means it'll be illegal to clamp, tow away or immobilise a vehicle on private land without lawful authority.

There is a small loophole in that "bodies acting in accordance with statutory or other powers" working for the likes of railway stations or airports can still clamp your car, but the blanket powers that generated stories about clamped hearses, police vehicles, AA vans and cars with the engine still running have been removed.

Owners of private land will still be able to issue penalties and now have the powers to install ticket machines to raise revenue.

But in a second victory for the driver, we can now challenge penalties at an independent appeal service.

This has been set up to mirror the appeal service already available if you think your on-street penalty was issued unfairly and it's legally binding if it finds in your favour. The only drawback is that it only applies to penalties issued by parking contractors on the British Parking Association's approved operator list.

Not everyone is happy with the ban, of course. In a statement, Angela Sheen, associate partner at chartered surveyors Johnson Fellows, said, "There is a genuine worry that the new clamping ban will encourage members of the public to park where they like, which could lead to service areas and access roads being blocked."

The company recommends owners of private land to use the services of FlashPark, which sends penalty notices to the keeper of the vehicle based solely on the evidence of a picture sent from the owner of the private land. At least FlashPark is an approved BPA operator so you can appeal.

But let's not forget, this is a good day. Share below any particularly heinous clamping stories you remember/suffered that we may exorcise the ghost what was, let's face it, a pretty ugly period in the history of civil liberties.


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  • surveyor 02 Oct 2012

    over_the_hill said:
    tommy1973s said:
    in our village, they clamped the local Dr.'s car (in front of his own surgery) and refused to let him loose to attend an elderly patient ("prove you're the Dr.") and not sorted until the local cops intervened.
    And who employed the clampers in the first place - The Dr ?

    Too many people thought hiring a clamping firm was the answer to their problems and would also bring in a nice bit of revenue, but then fell foul to their own plan not realising they had gotten into bed with scum leeches.
    Too many people think that landowners make money out of clamping. As a rule they make nothing - the clampers take all the cash.

    Land owners don't really like clampers.... I wonder why they instruct them?

    I knowidea Because too many people take the piss and abuse their land!

  • collateral 02 Oct 2012

    PUA said:
    Has happened before to close friends who were women and the whole experience for them was truly traumatic
    So traumatic they got sex changes? wink

  • Utterpiffle 02 Oct 2012

    Twincam16 said:
    The best and most stylish solution to clamping:

    Possibly not quite so elegant, but I also had a anti-clamping solution in my (much) younger days, courtesy of an old tipper pump and some hydraulic rams.

  • AMST09 02 Oct 2012

    They can't be towed away, how about just off the private property on to double red lines?

  • smilo996 02 Oct 2012

    At least the govt has done one of the things on its manifesto. I was clamped in Windsor. The signs were so amll and far up the wall that you could not read them. I had broken down and instead of leaving the van on a narrow street with delivery bays I pushed into an open parking areas with 2 other cars in it. Still got clamped and fined. The "independent" complaints line for the company would not accept telephone calls and simply stated thay stood by the persons actions.
    So this is welcome. It is about time local authorities realised why people park illegally and did something about that instead. Apart from anything you usually cannot understand the signage, it is so complicated. In the 6 miles between hammersmith and twickenham there are nearly 450 pieces of signage on one side of the road. It is bonkers.

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