Curtains for "Cowboy" Clampers
Government to ban practice outright
It has been reported that wheel-clamping on private land by “cowboy” clampers is to be banned. The clamper firms have been a major headache for some local motorists who have complained about inadequate signage and disproportionate fees to remove clamps.
Ministers are expected to make an announcement about this today. Lynne Featherstone, the Home Office Minister, will say that the rules in England and Wales should be brought into line with those in Scotland, where clamping on private land was banned after a judge said it amounted to “extortion” and “theft”.
She said the proposals to ban clamping on private land, such as company or supermarket car parks, would be included in a new Freedom Bill to be introduced in November.
Landowners who want to protect their land should erect barriers, she added, and Police would still have the right to remove vehicles.AA president Edmund King said: "An outright ban on wheelclamping on private land is a victory for justice and common sense. We have been campaigning for a ban against this legalised mugging for many years.
August 17, 2010