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Immobilisation of Vehicles

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which organisation will be responsible for the preparation of the code of conduct for vehicle immobilisation companies; and what standards his Department expects to be included in the code. (280196)

[holding answer 16 June 2009]: The Home Office issued a consultation document on the “Licensing of Vehicle Immobilisation Businesses” on 30 April 2009.

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/documents/cons-2009-vehicle-immobilisation/

The consultation closes on 23 July.

The Government's preferred option is the compulsory licensing of vehicle immobilisation businesses by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) which would require compliance with a compulsory code of practice.

Subject to the outcome of the consultation, the Home Office will draft the code of practice with input from the SIA. The code is likely to include industry-wide standards for:

a signage, including size and visibility;

maximum penalties charged and payment methods;

minimum time between immobilisation and removal;

providing evidence that a parking infringement has taken place;

security and location of pound where vehicles are impounded; and

complaints and appeals policy.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers his Department expects the Security Industry Authority to have in respect of vehicle immobilisation. (280197)

[holding answer 16 June 2009]: The Home Office issued a consultation document on the “Licensing of Vehicle Immobilisation Businesses” on 30 April 2009.

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/documents/cons-2009-vehicle-immobilisation/

The consultation closes on 23 July.

The Government’s preferred option is the compulsory licensing of vehicle immobilisation businesses by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). The details of the scheme will be decided after the consultation period has ended.

Under these proposals, the SIA would be the regulator with responsibility for approving applications from vehicle immobilisation businesses. The SIA would also have powers of enforcement, similar to those which they already have in relation to individual licences, including revocation or suspension of a licence, and prosecution.