Warning over rogue wheelclampers
Tuesday 18 September 2012
Cowboy wheelclampers who will soon be outlawed could turn their attention to illegal parking ticket rackets, the AA warned today.
From October 1, it will become a criminal offence to clamp on private land as the Protection of Freedoms Act comes into force.
The AA, which campaigned to have the cowboys banned, said the illegal clampers might try to shift their business to bogus parking tickets on private land.
And AA president Edmund King warned drivers to be particularly vigilant about where they park until the October 1 ban takes effect.
The new clamping law applies to England and Wales, but not Northern Ireland. Clamping and towing away on private land has been banned in Scotland since 1992.
The AA today listed some of the worst cases of clamping:
:: Clampers threaten to take three-year-old girl hostage unless mother pays the clamp ransom in Doncaster;
:: A hearse clamped with a body in the back on the way to a funeral;
:: Clampers demand gold tooth from lady in lieu of payment;
:: Clampers demand sexual favours in lieu of cash;
:: Good Samaritan clamped after stopping to help hit-and-run victim;
:: Female teenager left stranded overnight in Birmingham after clamper demands £300 for overstaying ticket by 10 minutes after concert;
:: Pensioners charged £390 when paying 15p fine on library book;
:: Marked police car clamped, with the clamper ending up with an Anti-Social Behaviour Order;
:: Queen's official protection guard clamped while on duty;
:: AA patrol charged extortionate and record £1,180 while fixing lady's car.
Mr King said: "We are delighted that cowboy clampers will have to hang up their clamps in a fortnight. This campaign had become a personal crusade for me over the last decade. The outright ban on wheelclamping on private land is a victory for justice and common sense.
"Too many clampers have been acting like modern-day highwaymen for too long. Many elderly and vulnerable people have been ripped off by these callous cowboys."
He went on: "We have noticed that some of the cowboys, drinking in the last chance saloon, are cashing in before they are finally outlawed so we advise drivers to be particularly vigilant over the next two weeks."
- 1 Barbarians vs Samoa interrupted by sprinklers as fans criticise lack of Wi-Fi and poor seating at West Ham's Olympic Stadium
- 2 Watch the Supermoon live: How to see the brightest Moon of the year tonight
- 3 Hulk Hogan wants to be Donald Trump's running mate in the US Presidential election
- 4 Blood Moon and Supermoon: September to bring brightest – and dimmest – full Moon of the year on same night
- 5 David De Gea to Real Madrid: Real finally get their man with £29m bid for Manchester United goalkeeper
Caitlyn Jenner car crash: Driver who died in collision sued by surviving passengers for $18.5m
Watch the Supermoon live: How to see the brightest Moon of the year tonight
Hulk Hogan wants to be Donald Trump's running mate in the US Presidential election
Blood Moon and Supermoon: September to bring brightest – and dimmest – full Moon of the year on same night
Turkey duped the US, and Isis reaps rewards
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Theresa May says jobless migrants should be banned from entering the UK
£28000 - £37000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...
£22000 - £29000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company's mission is to ma...
£13832 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This 5 star leisure destination on the w...
£20000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Account Manager is requ...