The Herald reports:
The Government will cap clamping fees at $100 in a crackdown on predatory practices, with clampers who charge more subject to police enforcement
New measures to address “cowboy” wheel clamping and exorbitant fees were announced by the Government today.
Pressure has been mounting for tougher penalties on clamping contractors over the past year in particular, following a number of complaints from the public largely relating to one west Auckland retail complex.
Today Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi and Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced that a maximum of $100 will be able to be charged for removal of a wheel clamp, enforceable by police if clampers try to charge more.
Infringement fees of up to $1000 for an individual and $5000 for a company will be charged by police, and a fine of up to $3000 for an individual and $15,000 for a company can be imposed if the matter goes to Court.
Faafoi said he had heard the concerns of the public who were being targeted by clampers charging as much as $700 for removal of a wheel clamp.
I think this is a very good move. The fee should be proportionate and reasonable.
I’m not even convinced one should allow clamping at all. If someone is on your property, just get them towed.