04:32AM, Thursday 31 May 2012
Clampers who have ruined thousands of peoples' visits to Windsor are finally to be banned by law.
Wheel clamping on private land will become illegal on October 1, news which has been welcomed with delight in the town.
Just two weeks ago visitors to the Royal Jubilee horse pageant at Windsor Castle had their evening wrecked when their cars were clamped at the privately run car park in Thames Avenue.
The law was promised by the government two years ago and will come into force this year under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.
Cllr Phill Bicknell, Royal Borough cabinet member for highways, transport and environment, said: “Thousands of drivers across the country will be hanging out the flags on October 1.
“This is fantastic news for us in the Royal Borough where time after time we have seen drivers penalised for the most trivial of offences in private car parks, often for simply leaving their car slightly over a parking space line.
“Visitors to our borough have told us horror stories of how their holidays or day trips have been ruined by the antics of clamping companies.
"Our view is that cowboy clampers have had it their own way for far too long but thankfully their heyday is coming to an end.”
Past president of Windsor District Chamber of Commerce David Jessey said: "The Chamber has been lobbying for some time for this practise to be made illegal.
"It is so old-fashioned and non-productive and gives a terrible picture of Windsor to visitors."
The Royal Borough does not use clamping in its own car parks. In the past it has investigated the use of anti-social behaviour orders as a way of cracking down on over-enthusiastic clamping companies operating locally.
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