Call for review on cowboy clampers

An MP has called for the Government to review the "licensed thuggery" suffered by unsuspecting motorists at the hands of rogue wheel clampers.

Tory former minister Greg Knight (Yorkshire E) said there is "growing anger" across Yorkshire and Humberside at the behaviour of cowboy clamping firms and urged Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to "expedite" a review into regulating the industry.

Ms Smith has already told MPs that such firms were "roguish to say the least" and that the industry "should be regulated".

Mr Knight told Commons leader Harriet Harman: "There is growing anger in East Yorkshire, across Humberside and indeed elsewhere over the behaviour of some private wheel-clamping firms.

"Do you know that although they have to be licensed many of them still use threatening behaviour to extract exorbitant fines from unsuspecting motorists?"

He said that if a debate will not take place then a review was definitely needed.

In response, Ms Harman told him: "I have discussed it with the Home Secretary. I think she fully agrees with the point that you have made on behalf of your constituents."

She added that he would not be disappointed when a conclusion is reached in a review.

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