At the time of this writing, the British motoring public that amounts to most of the adult population and the parking control fraternity is reeling slightly from the implications of the Freedom Act (yes, it is an Act; the quondam Bill has received Royal Assent). This submission is about accepting free wheel clamping signs. In a word: Refuse!
The reason is that the bugbear of the British motorist and sometime standby of the parking controller – the wheelclamp – is now against the law, or at any rate will be come this October.
When something is about to be unusable the inexorable law of supply and demand (the standby of the Thatcher government of the 1980s) dictates that falling demand causes falling prices.
So, if anybody does offer you free wheel clamping signs, do question his motive. Is he/she nursing the desire to get you to make a warning to the public that, if performed, is an actual crime?
The redoubtable Member of Parliament Lynne Featherstone who is now a Home Office minister and earmarked for further advancement by those in the know has succeeded with her Freedom Bill.
The now Act has many facets that touch several aspects of life in the United Kingdom. The wheel clamping ban is merely one of them. Every man, woman and child for whom the United Kingdom is home is bound to be affected by this particular statute.
The complaints from the motoring organisation headed by the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) made the demise of the wheelclamp almost a foregone certainty, as time passes by.
Everyone with British parking control on his/her mind is sure to be thinking: What will replace the clamp? What kind of work can the ex-clampers do for their living that is legal, decent, honest and truthful?
There are various ways and means available in the existing stable of remedies for unauthorised parking on both private and public land. Many of these involve some kind of legal ticketing or other. What is leaving British motoring life is the implied confiscation of the vehicle as security for the payment of the parking charge. The motorist demands that he/she has the use of the machine during the interval between the levying of the charge and the payment.
One remarkable British parking control company, Flashpark, the brand name of Vehicle Control Solutions Ltd, has innovated the method of permitted access to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and the Internet with digital photography to address unauthorised parking on private land.
Peoplewith access to dominant circles in the parking control world opine that the clamp is forever to be of merely historical interest, barring certain unusual situations.
Therefore, dear reader, if anybody approaches you with the offer of free wheel clamping signs you can choose your own language to say: ‘No!’