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Warning to beware of ‘last gasp’ clampers
MOTORISTS are being warned to be on their guard against rogue clamping firms trying to make a quick buck before new legislation comes into force next week.
Fears have been raised that firms which clamp vehicles before charging hundreds of pounds for their release, could go all out to snare motorists before the ban on clamping on private land comes into force on Monday.
Earlier this month, the Echo reported several motorists had paid as much as £200 to get their cars released after parking outside shops in Station Gate, Laindon.
We also reported how drivers had been been overcharged to get the clamps removed.
One motorist, Colin Spall, 36, of Southwell Link, Laindon, was charged £125 to release his car, and a further £75 “fine”. He has now lodged an appeal against the charges.
Nick Alston, Tory candidate standing for the role of Essex Police and Crime Commissioner, urged people to be wary of rogue clampers trying to dish out tickets before the ban is introduced. He said “Large parts of our county have had real problems with private clampers using threatening behaviour and attempting to rip off innocent motorists in recent years, and I think this ban is a real victory.
“I have no doubt some clamping outfits will be looking to make as much money as possible as a last gasp, before the ban comes in place.
“All motorists should stay vigilant for bogus parking tickets and report any threatening behaviour to the Police as soon as possible.”
Jackie Doyle-Price, Thurrock ’s Tory MP, added: “The end of private clamping is great news for motorists everywhere.
“Whilst there is a need for parking controls in some situations, the behaviour of some private clampers is nothing short of extortion.”