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Wheel Clamping – Repeal Ban Before it damages the government and the people

Comment 31st August 2010

The only action the government need s to take is putting a nationally recommended cap on the maximum amount chargeable and making the clampers contribute to an adjudication body in the event of complaints. This would, arguably, be little different to the suffessfully operated mechanism by which the national minimum wage is run.

 

Why does this matter?

The proposed banning on clampers should be scrapped before it damages the interests of ordinary people and asks the police and local authority to perform a function which they cannot possibly fulfil. Clampers may be a nightmare for 'fly parkers' whether the clamper is acting in a professional manner or not. It should be born in mind that, unlike any casual trespasser, the car owner who, unauthorised,  parks in a private space is committing an act of theft. In nearly all cases the person who is entitled to park in that space has paid for it: it does not matter whether they have done so by purchasing a flat, taken it as part of a commercial lease – it's just as upsetting for the victim. If the victim is a business or business operative then it affects the economy (and the payment of tax revenues). If the vicitim is a private individual it results again in wasted time, arguments, upset and aggravation. When one hears the howls of complaint from offender, one would think that this is a victimless crime: not so.

So, what about the clamper? It has been suggested that when this ban has been enacted, the matter of fly-parking can be dealt with by the police and local authorities. Can anyone imagine that the police would wish to be saddled with this encumbrance? Already the matter of speed traps has brought administrative headaches and further disrespect for the police. Much of the work involved has already been outsourced to private companies. As much as one might daydream about British police emulating the successful 'zero tolerance' of the New York police, let's get real and face the fact that this is one area too many for both the police and the local council.

Clampers may need regulation, but they ARE effective because they just 'do what it says on the tin' and make transgressors pay for the transgression. At the same time as clampers offer this valuable protection to businesses and private individuals, they save the taxpayer millions in controlling a problem.

On the other hand, bearing in mind the even greater current restrictions on parking, a banning will deliver us into anarchy.

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