DSA announces wheel clamping ban

12th July 2012

The Driving Standards Agency has announced plans to introduce a ban on all wheel clamping without lawful authority from later next year.

Announced earlier today (July 12th), the new rules will make it illegal to clamp, tow away or immobilise a vehicle without legal backing a criminal offence from October 1st.

Anyone who breaks the rules could therefore face criminal charges as well as a fine, if convicted.

The new law will essentially ban vehicle clamping and towing by anyone other than the police, local authorities and government agencies such as the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).

Other bodies acting in accordance with statutory power, like railway stations and airports, will continue to implement clamping.

Until then, individuals and businesses will be able to clamp cars if they have a valid vehicle immobilser license from the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

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