THE director of a wheel clamping firm has defended its decision to penalise a driving instructor who parked without a permit.
Andy Hawley, 43, who runs BSG Security, says his staff had every right to clamp Matthew Best on Friday.
As reported in The News, Mr Best was clamped after he parked in a car park of The Heroes pub, in London Road, Waterlooville.
Clampers, who are hired by The Heroes to make sure motorists do not use its car park to go shopping, say they spotted Mr Best going to McDonald’s before using the pub and issued him with a £125 penalty notice.
Mr Hawley was called to the scene after Mr Best, of Farlington, insisted he had gone straight to the pub to get a parking permit after leaving his car.
Mr Hawley, who has been director of BSG Security for the past four years, said: ‘When I arrived on site, it was quickly made known to me by people using the pub and by my own staff that Mr Best had definitely gone to McDonald’s before using the pub.
‘The pub also has CCTV footage to prove this. I understand that wheel clamping is not popular, and has had a lot of bad press.
‘But until the government puts something else in place to protect private land owners, this is the way things are.
‘My firm is there to make sure only people using the pub park on its land. Signs on site warn motorists they have to gain a permit from the pub in order to park up.’