Once the ban comes into force, it will be illegal to clamp, tow away or immobilise a vehicle without lawful authority to do so. Anyone who breaks the law will face criminal charges and a fine if convicted.
In effect, said the Driving Standards Agency, the measure will ban most clamping and towing by anyone other than the police, local authorities, government agencies such as the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) – plus other bodies acting in accordance with statutory or other powers, such as railway stations and airports.
Bodies with lawful authority to clamp and tow may continue to contract out the work to private companies.
DVLA and VOSA will also continue to clamp or tow vehicles which are un-roadworthy or have not had their vehicle tax paid.
Currently, the law says that individuals or businesses can clamp vehicles if they have a valid vehicle immobiliser licence from the Security Industry Authority (SIA). That will continue to apply until the ban comes into force in October.