A wheel clamp, also known as wheel boot, parking boot, or Denver boot, is a device that is designed to prevent vehicles from being moved.
Some people take advantage and charge extortionate amounts or put over restrictive parking restrictions that lead to clamping. This is not good behaviour but if the parking spaces belong to the individual and the person parking is made aware of the risks there is no need to legislate.
Balancing needsI have sympathies both for motorists who unwittingly get caught out but also landowners who are inconvenienced by 'illegal' parking.
Those who hold private land owners in low regard for parking, will have no complaints if people start parking in their gardens?
Problems with Clamping
Parking tickets that can be contested is fair and proper, but clamping cant be contested
Drivers only know they have made an error a few days later when an extortionate fine arrives through the post.
Does it apply only to private land?
The driver who is clamped in a public space will pay the council but they don't get anything if it's on private land. "Generous" legislation which doesn't apply to them. Why should private individuals have less protection then the council?
Land owners do not have control over their own land