Clamped drivers get appeal rights

An independent appeals process is to be introduced for motorists who feel they have been victims of unfair clamping, the Home Office has announced.

New regulations taking effect in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will see independent tribunals given powers to force rogue clampers to return excessive fees and compensate drivers. All clamping firms will be required to get licenses and sign up to a code of conduct under the changes.

Home Office Minister Alan Campbell said: "The Government is committed to preventing abuses by unscrupulous wheel clamping firms and their employees. The process will form part of the Government's compulsory licensing scheme, which will further regulate the industry and provide a fair system for motorists."

RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister welcomed the move, saying it was "fundamental" to tackling rogue clampers.

He said: "Finally ministers have acted, and the licence to print money which many cowboy clampers believe they have seems about to be revoked. But it is also crucial the new measures extend to those operators who are increasingly ticketing on private land. There must be no loopholes which allow motorists to be fleeced."

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