Wheel clampers to get the (Denver) boot

Ahead of a clamping ban, new government figures have shown private wheel clampers take up to £55m from drivers each year. But legislation due to come into force early next year will make clamping on private land a criminal offence. If they break the law, clampers will be liable to an

Ahead of a clamping ban, new government figures have shown private wheel clampers take up to £55m from drivers each year.

But legislation due to come into force early next year will make clamping on private land a criminal offence.

If they break the law, clampers will be liable to an unlimited fine in the Crown Court or up to £5,000 in a Magistrates court.

The clamping ban will only apply to private land and will not change existing lawful authority, such as traffic enforcement by local authorities and police on highways.

If you operate a wheel clamping regime on your premises, now may be a good time to think about the future.
This was first published in March 2011

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