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Private parking firms call for return of ‘abhorrent' clamping in new heavier punishment


Private parking firms have called for the return of the draconian punishment just eight years after the act was outlawed. The AA has revealed that private parking firms have called for the return of the act in a recent government consultation on the new code of conduct for enforcement.

“Clamping a hearse with the corpse in the back, holding a young child hostage until extortionate payments are made and other disgraceful acts, could be just around the corner.

“This now brings us to a duel at High Noon. Clamping cannot return under any circumstances.

Private parking firms are also pushing for the appeals process to be removed for drivers who have not updated their address details with the DVLA.

This would mean that drivers who have recently moved home and not yet update their details could be caught out and unable to complain against an unfair fine.

“We also need a simplified and transparent private parking system with a totally independent appeals service so that there is no chance of cowboy parking companies acting as judge and jury.”

Just months ago the government put forward a range of proposals in their new Code of Practice and Framework aimed at cracking down on private parking firms.

The new government proposals would see a compulsory 10 minute grace period introduced before firms can issue a late penalty.

The changes would make it a requirement for firms to clearly display their prices to use the car park and how to appeal any charges.

There would also be a crackdown on firms using aggressive legal language to intimidate road users to pay fines.

Speaking in August, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “These new measures are a victory for the millions of motorists across the country.

“They will put a stop once and for all to rogue parking firms using aggressive tactics and handing out unfair parking tickets with no right to appeal.

“While also boosting our high streets by making it easier for people to park near their local shops without being unfairly fined.”



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