Barking residents hit out at clampers days before government ban
PUBLISHED: 11:27 25 September 2012
Residents accused a company of “over-zealously” clamping and ticketing in their street as the government prepares to introduce a wheel clamping ban.
Drivers in Greenslade Road, Barking, who must display parking permits, claim the targeting of vehicles in their private street has increased considerably in the past few months.
They say company Parking Solutions has clamped vehicles when permits are clearly displayed and have also charged “extortionate” fees of up to £540.
From Monday it will be illegal to clamp or tow away a vehicle on private land. Anyone who breaks the law will face criminal charges and a fine if convicted.
Greenslade Road resident, Iftekhar Kashmiri, has collected about 20 signatures from residents protesting against Parking Solution’s approach. The petition has been handed to the estate’s management firm, Gem.
The 34-year-old bus driver said: “We’re not against parking permits and fines as there have been problems in the past with non-residents parking here and people dumping rubbish, but during the last few months more and more people have been clamped or fined for no real reason.
“Sometimes they say that the permits have been tampered with when there’s nothing wrong with them. Once someone parked in front of a hole in a hedge and the company said the woman was blocking the gardener’s entrance and fined her.”
Mr Kashmiri claims the fines are also far too high.
“Charging £540 is ridiculous,” he told the Post.
A spokesman from Gem said residents had asked for permits and fines. She added: “If the residents want to stop using the company then they need to tell us that, but so far most people seem happy with them.”
Parking Solutions said it stopped clamping vehicles on August 18, but was still ticketing and towing. A spokesman added: “The allegations are false. We only ever fine someone if they are not showing a permit or it is out of date.”
From Monday the company will only be able to issue fines.
Mr Kashmiri said he was happy to know the clamping ban was coming into force but said a cap should be put on parking fines.
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