Motorists who have fallen foul of illegal clampers in the past can breathe a sigh of relief – clamping on private land will officially be outlawed in just under a week.
The arrival of the Protection of Freedoms Act will make it a criminal offence to clamp on private land as of October 1st 2012.
The shift in law follows decades of campaigning by motoring groups since the issue developed in the late 1980s.
President of the AA Edmund King hailed the ban as "a victory for justice and common sense", explaining that the motoring organisation's campaign against rogue clampers had become something of a personal mission for him.
Mr King listed his top ten worst clamping cases, including demands for a gold tooth and sexual favours in lieu of cash, a Hearse being clamped while the deceased was still inside and the remarkable incident of clampers threatening to take a three-year-old girl hostage if the mother didn't pay up.
However, the British Parking Association (BPA) argued the new measures do not go far enough, raising concerns that rogue clampers will move on to illegitimate ticketing instead.
The introduction of an independent appeals process under the new system could be "a recipe for confusion among motorists", said Patrick Troy, chief executive of the BPA, adding that motorists will not be protected as long as the industry is not properly regulated.
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