The nature of car clamping in London, has, unsurprisingly, due to the volume of parking infringements alone, lead to the city being dubbed as “the car clamping capital of the world”. Both visitors and private property owners in the British capital are no strangers to its car parking problems, with the average fine for car clamping reaching upwards of £230.
London Councils, in a battle to combat the problem, are tackling it head on. No doubt their renewed actions are a direct response to the swathe of “cowboy wheel clampers” that were rife in the capitals streets over a year ago. Using DIY parking enforcement kits, individuals would clamp unattended vehicles positioned in disputed areas. As a result of increasing complaints authorities now recommend that those suffering from car clamping in London make immediate contact with them.
The truth is that parking regulations in London are rather complicated and that many car owners remain largely unaware of how the law works. As of 2007 the areas of London have been separated as Band A or Band B with fines existing for offences of both bands across London. Charges in Band A usually vary between £120 and £80 depending on severity. If payments are made within a 14 day-period these charges are reduced.
Car owners can be fined in London for a range of offences including parking in restricted streets, remaining stationery in prohibited areas like bus stops and parking in suspended bays or loading gaps.
For those seeking to prevent car clamping in London while continuing to remedy parking infringements there are new, effective systems in place, gathering momentum. These new online services directly combat the negative press clamping has gained within the capital while simultaneously harnessing the power of new technology and the Internet to come up with a reliable, efficient and legal system to stopping parking issues.