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From the BBC Website:



Whilst the motorist has nothing to fear for being clamped for a parking violation (whether on public or private land), it now appears that the Scottish Courts are allowing Sheriff Officers (bailiffs) to clamp where there is a case of outstanding fines that have not been paid. This means vehicles can be targeted anywhere, assuming the VRM is known. Whether this is the thin end of the wedge as a precursor to more 'relaxed' clamping in future remains to be seen.


It should be recalled that it was in Scotland's High Court that judges ruled that car clamping was disproportionate to the damage caused to the landowner's property - however, it seems someone behind the scenes is 'pushing the envelope', as it is unlikely a judge will rule against clamping if the victim has not paid court-imposed fines.


Sheriff Officers have always been able to levy against vehicles for the payment of fines, but it would appear this new move is to deprive the use of the vehicle to enforce payment, to be followed by the sale of same should payment not be forthcoming.

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Reading this, it would seem that nothing has changed at all, since private clamping is still banned.


I had thought that - even in Scotland - Sheriff's officers with a court order had never been prevented from clamping vehicles.

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Yes - I understand it is NCP that has the contract to do this. As noted in my last paragraph, SO's could always levy on a vehicle by attaching a copy of the warrant to the windscreen.


They have seldom (if ever?) have done this, even before the ruling from the High Court preventing PRIVATE clamping it was clear none of the Council's used it for enforcement, and even today will not clamp, but PCN then effect a removal.


Interesting that as the private contractors are being paid directly for their activities by the clamped car owners, this appears to be a self-financing scheme, and no better than the Private Parking Clampers business model. Will they be roaming the streets with a list of VRM's...? Seems quite likely.

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