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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  • Prawnboy 01 Oct 2012

    woo-hoo!

  • Cerberus90 01 Oct 2012

    [quote]
    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.

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    Would that just be another throw away one? Or a nice picture to go in your garage? biggrin

  • blueST 01 Oct 2012

    I believe they can now chase the registered keeper, rather than just drivers, for fines. This means the old advice to just chuck private parking fines in the bin is no longer valid, as the registered keeper will be liable if the driver cant be identified.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19782680

  • LordFlathead 01 Oct 2012

    I hope the also applies to Chelsea and Westminster Council who have earned over £1.2 million pounds last year alone. My company vehicle was in the wrong bay but with a ticket displayed in the window. They PCN'd it then clamped it ten minutes later. It cost over £270 to remove and I couldn't do any business for 3 hours. The sign was obscured by overgrown trees which they said made no difference.

    The Chelsea and Westminster Council is the biggest scammer now as other boroughs have since ceased clamping operations.

    I had some recent links but they have dissapeared from the internet. Wonder why!

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1550929/Par...

    Plenty of info out there, have a read:

    http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/vehicle_clam...

    http://www.doc.ic.ac.uk/~wjk/parking.html

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-108107...


  • BoxsterEtype 01 Oct 2012

    Don't forget some local authorities now issue fines on CCTV evidence Chester will issue you a fine for stopping and letting the wife out at her shop door if there are double yellow lines on the street. Thats at half seven in the morning with no other traffic in the street. Beware!!!

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