Drivers, motoring organisations and MPs have welcomed the news clamping firms could soon face strict regulations. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has pledged to crack down on rogue wheel-clampers, as first revealed on the Mail’s website yesterday.
Ms Smith told MPs she would be bringing forward proposals to regulate the industry “in the near future”.
The move comes after the Mail launched its Clamp Down On The Clampers campaign to protect motorists from having to pay excessive fees.
The campaign was sparked by concerns about the practices of controversial clamping firm Sector Security Limited, which triggered widespread fury with its £100 on-the-spot cash charge for parking on private land, rising to £250 when a tow truck is called out.
It is thought new proposals to regulate the industry could be brought forward by the end of May – or soon before. Under the proposals being considered by the Home Office, clampers could face a limit of £135 on what they can charge motorists who park illegally.
Bosses of clamping firms could also be required to gain licences for the first time and would risk six months in jail or a fine of up to £5,000 if they break a strict new compulsory code of conduct.