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Wheel clamping of vehicles parked on private land could soon become a thing of the past thanks to the Protections of Freedom Bill, says Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff.
The Bill passed through the House of Commons this evening (Tuesday) in its second reading and will now proceed to committee stage. The Bill’s wide range of measures includes a provision to make it a criminal offence to clamp a vehicle on private land except where a company has the lawful authority to do so.

Peter has long campaigned on his constituents’ behalf for a review of the laws on theft and extortion relating to wheel clamping through parliamentary questions to the Home Office and letters to the Security Industry Authority, Midlands Parking Contracts and Worcestershire County Council Trading Standards.

Peter commented,

“Constituents from both Droitwich Spa and Evesham have had very unpleasant encounters with wheel clamping companies. It will come as a great relief to everyone in my constituency that these rogue firmswill no longer be allowed to hold people to ransom for extortionate amounts of money.”

Private landowners will still be able to recover parking charges from the owners of vehicles parked on their land, providing they own a car park on private land maintained by a member of an Accredited Trade Association. But they will need to abide by the requirements of that Association by erecting the proper signs, applying maximum charging rules and having a proper complaints and appeals procedure.


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