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Clamp down on clampers does not satisfy motoring campaigners

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There can be few things worse for owners of parked family cars than to return to them and find a wheel clamp in place, but it seems the law is hitting back at the clampers.

A ban by the Home Office on clamping cars on private land in October has seen more than one in five clamping firms - six in total - having their licences suspended by the DVLA, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The government has said the new law should save motorists a collective £55 million a year, but campaigners like the British Parking Association are not happy with the alternatives put in place, which allow the 27 companies that have been given the details of drivers by the DVLA to issue fines instead.

Fines of up to £100 can be issued under the new provisions and there are fears the number of cases of motorists being charged may rise sharply.

Motorists can also incur penalty charges if they park in the wrong place in official car parks, something that prompted Blaenau Gwent MP Nick Smith to introduce a private members bill in September in a bid to stop car park owners posting puzzling and misleading signs.ADNFCR-2576-ID-801513395-ADNFCR

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