Would you rather be clamped or towed?

September 4th, 2015 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Wheel clamping in New Zealand is set to become a thing of the past with a new code of conduct that aims to almost eliminate the practice.

An industry working group is preparing to release the new code, which places clamping at the end of options for private companies working in parking enforcement.

This is good.

The key element to the new code was a “hierarchy of enforcement options”, led by a “breach notice” – what most people would call a “ticket”, he said.

“The breach notice should be the main enforcement tool for most parking operators. It’s the most effective tool while also balancing the need to provide a fair enforcement penalty for motorists.” Fairness in cost was a critical factor and “no one can justify $200” – the maximum clamping penalty, he said.

“It’s vastly more expensive [than a breach notice] and it doesn’t free up a parking space.”

Under the next option, companies would call in a tow truck, which would free up parking spaces in congested areas.

“You would only use a wheel clamp for repeat offenders where they are not causing an obstruction. That is going to be a change in the way some companies operate because their approach is to use a wheel clamp only.”


The hierarchy makes sense – especially that just a breach notice or ticket should be the standard response.

If it is a choice between being clamped or towed, I’d rather be clamped. However if you are causing an obstruction, then towing is the appropriate response.

Well done Taranaki Police

January 26th, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Leighton Keith at Stuff reports:

Wheel clamper Daniel Clout claims police are making it impossible for him to do his job and he has complained to their watchdog.

His complaint to the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) includes transcripts from extraordinary video footage of clashes with motorists, police and a discussion with area commander Inspector Blair Telford.

Can the IPCA issue letters of commendation to the police officers complained about?

The police stance that his work was unauthorised was publicised late last year and he says he has been subjected to an increasing number of attacks from members of the public since then.

He claims police had been undermining his authority by telling people he was acting unlawfully, didn’t hold the required licence to do the job and that they could cut his clamps off.

Excellent public information campaign.

Other footage, shown by Mr Clout to the Taranaki Daily News, appears to show police were present when a man smashed his clamps with a wheelbrace.

That’s appalling. The man may have injured himself. The Police officers should have helped with the smashing.

Fair Go on Wheel Clamping

June 13th, 2008 at 8:49 pm by David Farrar

Whale Oil has this clip from Fair Go, highlighting some very bad behaviour in relations to wheel clamping.

It’s a very good example of third termitis. Instead of any empathy or firm commitment to deal with the problem, the Minister. Harry Duynhoven, talks of officials, reviews, studies etc.

And Maurice Williamson makes a very firm commitment as a great contrast.

The challenge for National is not just to win the election, but once in Government try and put off third termitis as long as possible.