Clamps to go

Holly ThompsonSound Telegraph
The wheel clamp blocks access to the wheel nuts.
Camera IconThe wheel clamp blocks access to the wheel nuts.

Wheel clamping is set to be banned across WA, with legislation being drafted to end a practice described as “un-Australian” and “infuriating” by Premier Mark McGowan.

A recent series of high-profile wheel clamping cases across the State has driven concerns vehicles are being clamped improperly to coerce payment.

Premier Mark McGowan has described wheel clamping as “a disgraceful scam” and said it was“un-Australian” and had to stop.

“The WA community have made their voice heard on this issue, we are acting immediately to stamp out this infuriating practice,” Mr McGowan said.

“New laws to ban wheel clamping are being drafted and will be introduced as quickly as possible.

“We will develop a new framework that clearly outlines what steps need to be taken before a car can be fined or towed, that balances the needs of small business with the rights of drivers to be treated fairly.”

The new legislation will make sure the rights of land owners and small businesses are protected and will allow for infringements as normal.

However WA transport minister Rita Saffioti said wheel clamping would not be replaced with towing.

“We will ensure strict procedures are in place to regulate the towing of vehicles. Fairness is the key here, legislative changes will provide both vehicle owners and land owners with a fair system for parking on private land,” she said.

“The wheel clamping ban will complement other regulatory changes under-way to improve safety and conduct in the towing industry.”

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