If there’s one thing worse than returning to you car to find a clamp on the wheel – it’s returning to your car to find it’s not there.
It happened to me within 24 hours of moving to London. I hadn’t sorted out a resident’s parking permit and figured I’d get away with sticking my car in one of the many empty bays for five minutes…
Not a chance. A few hours later I was in a dingy office in Wembley, reluctantly forking over the best part of £200 to get my motor back. Have you been clamped or towed?
To help you avoid making the same mistake I did we’ve got information on how to avoid getting clamped, and what you should do if it happens to you.
There have been many horror stories about clamping in the past: hearses being clamped, people not getting their cars back for weeks, and extortionate amounts charged for release fees.
Steps have been taken to regulate the industry which makes £240 million per year. Today wheel-clampers now have to be trained, get criminal record and identity checks before they can get a licence to clamp. In some parts of the country, such as Scotland. clamping on private land has been outlawed.
Has your car ever been clamped or towed?