Parking industry welcomes legislation for clampers

The British Parking Association (BPA) welcomes the news that the Crime and Security Bill was been given Royal Assent, before Parliament was dissolved last week.
The clamping provisions of the new Act introduce company licensing for clamping companies who operate on private land. Previously only individuals were required to be licensed. The BPA has lobbied government for this change to pursue its objective of raising standards for motorists who park on private land.

Under the plans, to qualify for a license all clamping companies must be licensed by the Security Industry Authority (SIA), and abide by an enforceable Code of Practice, such as that used by the BPAs Approved Operator Scheme.

The BPA successfully tabled an amendment to the Bill to introduce an independent appeals service for motorists who cannot get redress from the clamping operator.

Patrick Troy, Chief Executive of the BPA, said: We are delighted that this Bill has been passed. Clamping is one of the few areas left that require further regulation, and we are pleased to back proposals that will drive out the rogues, and create a fairer parking environment. I look forward to meeting with ministers after the election to ensure regulations are created as soon as possible so that the Act can be implemented.

While there is a clear need for parking enforcement on private land to deter unsociable parking, it is vital that operators are working in a reasonable and transparent manner, which is what these measures will deliver. We look forward to working with the next government to implement a robust appeals process that will guarantee a fair and straight-forward channel for the motorist and the operator alike. We are, however, disappointed that the Act does not go further and introduce an appeals service for the whole sector including companies who ticket unfairly.
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