McGowan moves to ban clamping

A PROPOSED state-wide ban on wheel clamping has been welcomed by Stirling mayor Mark Irwin.

The city started drafting a local law to ban clamping in August last year, but on Monday the WA government announced it was fast-tracking legislation to outlaw what premier Mark McGowan says is a “disgraceful scam”.

Public consultation on Stirling’s draft law revealed that 83 per cent of respondents favour a wheel clamping ban.

“The penalty imposed for vehicles detained via wheel clamping is totally disproportionate to the crime and that is why we initiated the process to draft a local law to ban wheel clamping at council last year,” Mr Irwin said in a statement.

Hotspots

“It’s wonderful news that the state government will now draft their own legislation to ban the practice across WA and that they are looking to introduce it as quickly as possible.

“Scarborough and Mirrabooka have been hotspots for wheel clamping in the city and no doubt these high-profile cases have contributed to the government’s decision.

“Other states such as Victoria and New South Wales have had a wheel clamping ban in place for some time so it is great that WA is following suit.”

The McGowan government’s clamping legislation is backed by the opposition.

There are also moves to amend regulations to lift standards in the WA towing industry, which will come into effect late this year.

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