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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Private wheel clamping ban

  • Published: Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Wheel clamping without lawful authority became an offence in England and Wales on 1 October 2012, with anyone breaking the law facing criminal charges and a fine.

Ban on wheel clamping without lawful authority

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The ban came into force on 1 October 2012. It's now illegal to clamp, tow away or immobilise a vehicle without lawful authority in England and Wales (it's been banned in Scotland since 1992). Anyone who breaks the law will face criminal charges and a fine if convicted.

In effect, this bans most clamping and towing by anyone other than the police, local authorities, government agencies such as the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) - plus other bodies acting in accordance with statutory or other powers, such as railway stations and airports. Bodies with lawful authority to clamp and tow may continue to contract out this work to private companies.

DVLA and VOSA will continue to clamp or tow vehicles which are un-roadworthy or have not had their vehicle tax paid.

Northern Ireland

The ban does not apply in Northern Ireland. But individuals or businesses clamping in Northern Ireland will continue to require a valid vehicle immobiliser licence from the Security Industry Authority.

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