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Parked Vehicles (Wheel Clamps)

Volume 14: debated on Monday 30 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if, in view of the public concern of motorists in London at the proposal to inflict wheel clamps on vehicles parked in the Metropolis, he will reject any scheme based upon such a proposal.

The Metropolitan Police have made a strong case for the use of wheel clamps in the parts of central London most seriously affected by illegal parking. I am seeking views from the public and interested organisations before deciding whether to introduce the necessary legislation.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will give details of the persons or organisations with whom he has had recent discussions concerning the introduction of bulldog clamps on the wheels of vehicles illegally parked; and whether he expects to introduce legislation to allow the use of these methods in the Greater London area.

I have discussed the proposed use of wheel clamps with the Metropolitan Police and the Home Secretary, and have invited views from the public and interested organisations. I shall consider the case for legislation in the light of the representations received.