New laws to regulate clamping industry

Wednesday 10 April 2013 23.05
There will be a cap on how much motorists can be charged for the release of their vehicles
There will be a cap on how much motorists can be charged for the release of their vehicles

New laws are on the way to regulate the clamping industry.

Under the proposals, which have been agreed by the Cabinet, there would be a cap on how much motorists can be charged for the release of their vehicles clamped on private lands.

However, a ban on clamping vehicles parked in the grounds of hospitals, which was recommended by a Dáil committee, is not being introduced.

The heads of the Bill are due to be published tomorrow by Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar, who said they would eliminate rogue operators.

There is no legislation covering clamping on private property, such as hospitals, colleges, clubs and apartment blocks.

Fees on private lands average between €80-€120.

Customers will be be able to appeal decisions to the National Transport Authority.

The new measures are due to come into force later this year.

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