‘I am not going to miss grief of clamping’

ALL CHANGE Andy Hawley
ALL CHANGE Andy Hawley
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A CLAMPER has given a cautious welcome to the government banning clamping on private land.

Andy Hawley, who runs BSG Security, said the changes, set to come in from October, would eliminate the ‘cowboy clampers’ who give the industry a bad name.

And the Leigh Park dad said it would mean less stress for the companies enforcing parking rules at private car parks.

He said his firm, which operates around 50 car parks across the area, would continue, but with ticketing rather than clamping.

He said: ‘It’s a good idea in one sense.

‘What it means is you have to be a British Parking Association member and abide by the rules.

‘I am not going to miss the grief we get from it.

‘Anyone who gets wheelclamped has the hump.

‘Generally we won’t have to deal with the public as we do now because we will give them a ticket.’

People who don’t pay the fines would be taken to court with possible bailiff action, he said.

Their address details can be obtained through the DVLA.

The firm currently charges £120 for a ticket, reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days.

He added: ‘It’s going to make the process a lot more long-winded.

‘It will be interesting to see what happens going forward. A lot of my residential clients are worried because they really rely on the clamping as it’s a deterrent.’