Clamping on private land now banned

Clamping on private land now banned

New legislation has outlawed rogue wheel clampers from clamping vehicles on land that is privately owned.

In Scotland since 1992 clamping and towing away have not been allowed on private land and now it is a criminal offence to clamp in England and Wales in the same areas.

This change has been implemented by the Protection of Freedoms Act, although the clamping ban does not apply to Northern Ireland.

The vehicle laws have also been updated so that landowners can keep their land free of obstructive vehicles which could cause problems. The police are now at liberty to remove them.

The area of ticketing is being tightened by the Department for Transport too, and now the owner of a vehicle can be pursued for fines alongside the driver.

An appeals service with money provided by the British Parking Association (BPA) has been agreed by the Government. This scheme will allow motorists issued with a parking charge on private land to appeal against the decision if the company is a BPA approved operator.

Director of the RAC Foundation, Professor Stephen Glaister, said: "No parking operator is obliged to join the BPA, meaning the rogue companies can continue to do their business at the fringes of the law.

"Industry figures suggest almost half of drivers who get a ticket will pay up without questioning its legitimacy. So ticketing could turn into a nice little earner for unscrupulous companies who've been forced to hang up the clamps."

Copyright Press Association 2012