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Crackdown on cowboy wheel clampers

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New proposals announced by the Government will crack down on cowboy wheel clampers.

The legislation to be introduced will ensure that all wheel clamping businesses are accounted for under a compulsory licensing scheme, it was announced in the Queen's Speech.

Scotland outlawed clamping on private land in 1992, but it has continued in England and Wales.

The size of the clamping penalties that can be imposed will be limited and towing-away practices will regulated under the new law, which will also put an effective and fair appeals process in place.

Motoring organisations have been campaigning against the practices of private-land clampers and see the proposals as a welcome move.

"Motorists everywhere will be relieved to finally hear of the Government's commitment to tackle the menace of cowboy clampers," said motoring charity RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister.

"It seems ministers have at last listened to the hundreds of thousands of drivers who have been fleeced by rogue operators. It is critical that the Bill be published quickly and put before Parliament before a general election, so public confidence in this essentially lawless area can be restored."

© Press Association 2009