Belfast Telegraph

Rogue clampers could face jail

Rogue clampers could be jailed for up to five years under new proposals.

Fine Gael's law would forbid unlicensed operators from clamping cars and set up an independent appeals process for motorists.

The Bill would also impose a cap on clamping fines, a legally-enforced code of conduct, and Garda vetting of all clampers.

The party's transport spokesman Simon Coveney said unscrupulous operators had been preying on drivers because of the lack of regulation.

"For the first time, the industry will be regulated, with legally-enforceable standards for motorists," he said. "It will also protect legitimate clamping operations while stamping out rogue companies."

Under the proposals, all clamping companies would be licensed by the National Transport Authority. Sentencing for offenders under the Vehicle Immobilisation Regulation Bill can range from six months in prison and a fine to five years behind bars.

Unveiling the Bill at Leinster House, Mr Coveney said car clamping should only be used as a last resort.

"Legitimate clamping operators have taken to wearing stab vests to protect themselves. This chaos cannot continue," he added.

"This Bill makes sense for everyone concerned, and should be passed into law as a priority."

The proposals are set to come before the Dail later this year.


From Belfast Telegraph