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Immobilisation of Vehicles

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2009, Official Report, column 386W, on the immobilisation of vehicles, when she plans to publish the results of the feasibility study undertaken by the Security Industry Authority on options for the compulsory licensing of vehicle immobilisation companies who work on private land. (269522)

The Home Secretary announced on 3 April her intention to launch a formal consultation in late April on the options for how best to regulate the wheel-clamping industry. The Government’s preferred option will be to introduce compulsory licensing by the Security Industry Authority of wheel-clamping companies.

The consultation document includes the results of the feasibility study. It will be published at the end of April, and copies will be placed in the House Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2009, Official Report, column 385W, on immobilisation of vehicles, what proposals she is considering in relation to (a) signage and (b) fines. (269766)

We will launch a formal consultation in late April considering how best to regulate the wheel-clamping industry. The Government’s preferred option would introduce compulsory licensing for all wheel-clamping companies, to ensure they uphold standards of conduct, which will be enforced if they are not met.

The details of the scheme will be decided after the public consultation, but are likely to include maximum penalties that can be charged and standards on signage, including size and visibility.