In August 2013, the State Government introduced wheel-clamping
, the removal of vehicle number plates, the seizure of vehicles and property and naming and shaming on the Department of the Attorney General s website.
His determination - coupled with an Examiner campaign and support from Kirklees Labour councillor Mehboob Khan - eventually led to a voluntary code of conduct to try to ensure the days of the wheel-clamping
cowboys were over.
The charity workers, who have helped Birmingham's homeless for more than 20 years, said they now needed a new base after they were threatened with wheel-clamping
when they set up near another car park opposite the church.
The figures, released as the Government takes steps to make wheel-clamping
on private land a criminal offence from next year, back concerns that rogue operators were extorting millions of pounds from unsuspecting motorists.
The Lib Dems' wide-ranging plans to boost the power of consumers would also force low-cost airlines to disclose the full cost of flights up front and ban private wheel-clamping
THE number of people holding wheel-clamping
licences has increased since the Government consulted on ways to regulate the industry earlier this year, according to the RAC Foundation.
Last week, the AA warned of sharp practices by cowboy firms and called for wheel-clamping
on private land to be made illegal.
The Government intends to introduce laws to regulate wheel-clamping
companies in the next session of Parliament, Home Office minister Lord West said last night.
A UK exam board is offering a qualification in wheel-clamping
GUIDANCE issued to councils not to use wheel-clamping
as a money-spinner is both welcome and sensible.
However, the association said that because wheel-clamping
on private land is unregulated, the code is unenforceable.
The firm, who manage more than 900 car parks and have been moving into areas such as wheel-clamping
and vehicle removal services, are to be bought by private equity firm 3i.