Clamp ban looms

A BAN on wheel clamping in Stirling is a step closer.

On Tuesday (November 19) councillors unanimously backed a draft local law that would outlaw wheel clamping and regulate the detention of vehicles across the city.

The draft law will go out for public comment until January 31, then come back to council for the vote.

Stirling is the first local government in WA to draft a law banning wheel clamping.

“The current penalty imposed for vehicles detained is disproportionate to the crime,” says mayor Mark Irwin.

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“Private businesses have the right to protect parking on their private property but we as a council feel that wheel clamping is not the right method.

“Other states such as Victoria and New South Wales have had a wheel clamping ban in place for some time and we would like to see this introduced within the city of Stirling.”

The proposed law would not apply if parking facilities are controlled by access gates and a driver must pay a fee to leave, if a government officer has the power to detain a vehicle, or if there is an agreement allowing the vehicle to be detained.

If approved by council, the law would go before the state parliament’s committee on delegated legislation.

To have your say on the draft law go to http://www.yoursay.stirling.wa.gov.au/wheelclampinglaw

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