Wednesday, 16 February 2011


I was overjoyed over the announcement of the criminalisation of car-clamping.  Now the operative clause is there for all to consider in the Public Reading of the Protection of Freedom Bill - clause 54.  The public who have expressed their views to HMG so far have spotted the flaw in the Bill -

If you park beyond a barrier - raised or not- then you can still be clamped - so there'll be a boom in barrier sales then - at least the clause should require a big warning notice stuck on or about the barrier?

Still - it looks like this is going to become a reality at last - FREEDOM from clampers (where there is no barrier!)


  1. Probably ok as long as a chain does not count as a barrier as they will be easy to hide.

  2. This is not true. If there is a barrier then your movement can be restricted by that barrier - not by being clamped.

    Therefore, if you drive into a multi-story car park but don't buy a ticket the barrier stopping you leaving without presenting a valid ticket is legal - it is not deemed an obstruction under section 1.

    You still can't be clamped, towed or obstructed in any other way.

  3. By section 56 and schedule 4 of the so-called “Protection” of Freedoms Act 2012 – by which our freedoms seem about to be “protected” in much the same way as those of the badgers now about to be shot – that Act will have opened the way for parking spivs throughout the land to send their speculative invoices to the registered keepers of vehicles they claim were “improperly parked”. This Act, therefore, replaces one wrong with another wrong.

  4. Does not Chapter 2 of Part 3 refer only to clamping by a 'private person' being outlawed?