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MPs favour clamping clampdown
An overwhelming majority of MPs favour stricter regulation of wheel clamping, a poll has revealed.
The survey, conducted by Populus for the AA, comes amid expectations that the Government will later this week announce new regulations governing parking enforcement on private land.
Seventeen of the 100 MPs questioned said that clamping on private land should be outlawed, while 69 said it should be more tightly regulated. Twelve MPs said that the rules should remain unchanged, with only two believing they should be relaxed to allow anyone to clamp.
Last week, The Times reported that the Government would propose tighter control of parking enforcement, along guidelines drawn up by the British Parking Association. The paper reported that rule changes would enforce the prominent display of parking rules, prompt release of clamped vehicles, and an end to unregulated clampers being able to obtain drivers' names and addresses from the DVLA.
"People should park according to the rules but when they get it wrong they should not be robbed by clampers who make up their own charges," said AA president Edmund King.
"A court case in Scotland in 1992 ruled that wheel clamping on private land was 'extortion and theft' yet many clampers in England and Wales appear to extort and steal on a regular basis," he added.