New laws on clamping vehicles

From 1st October 2012, it became an offence to clamp, tow, block-in or immobilise a vehicle without lawful authority on private land. These changes will end abuses by rogue clamping firms who prey on motorists by charging excessive release fees. If clampers break the law, they could be liable to an unlimited fine in the Crown Court or up to £5,000 in a Magistrates Court.

The Department for Transport is also strengthening laws around ticketing, so that unpaid charges can be claimed from the keeper of the vehicle, as well as the driver.  The government has also agreed that an Independent Appeals Service funded by the British Parking Association is established. This will allow motorists to appeal a parking charge issued on private land by a company that is a member of the BPA’s Approved Operator Scheme.

For advice on any transport law issues, please contact Jared Dunbar at Dyne Solicitors on 01829 773 100.

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