New law to protect against cowboy clampers
Cowboy wheel clampers have been outlawed from clamping vehicles on private land as new legislation came into place yesterday.
The Protection of Freedoms Act makes it a criminal offence to clamp on private land.
Other changes to vehicle laws include extending police powers to remove vehicles parked on private land to ensure landowners have a means to keep their land clear from obstructive cars.
Lord Taylor of Holbeach, the Home Office Minister responsible for changes to vehicle clamping law, said: "This ban will give motorists the protection they deserve against rogue wheel clamping and towing companies.
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"It will save motorists £55 million each year in clamping charges and finally penalise the corrupt firms themselves."
The Mail has been campaigning for tighter regulation of the industry since 2009.
We launched the Clamp Down On The Clampers campaign calling for tighter regulation of the industry after complaints over Peter Del Grosso's clamping practices in and around Hull.