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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why should I pay you to earn a fortune on my land?
What do the police say?
What law says that you can do this?
Do you ever get trouble from the people you have clamped?
Why do you put the signs so high up the wall?
Are you insured?
Can I cut a clamp off?
When do you tow away?
Do you really cover the country?
What stops me from doing this on my land?
What is a cowboy clamper?
What's the funniest moment you've had?
Do you clamp disabled drivers?
Where can I get hold of a permit?
What ever made you go into wheel clamping?

Why should I pay you money to earn a fortune on my land?
(P. Gill Property management Leicester)
We at National Clamps know that by placing sufficient signs where "bound to be seen" will removed 90-95% of your unwanted car park abusers. Only 70% of my customers act upon them so why should I clear your car park for free? If you wish to penalise the remainder (The bandits) then of course we can either with an PCN or a Clamp or now even CCTV evidence. So within days we will remove your problem and if required keep it that way. Furthermore without the fee of 30 pound per sign per year we would have gone into liquidation many moons ago. And we would not be there next time you need us.

What is the Police’s stance to ‘Clamping’ in general?
(J. Gittens former Lancs. Constab)
Normally! Civil land, civil matter, civil Problem. The Police are usually only called in to prevent a public order offence, i.e. criminal damage, assault etc. From a clampers point of view, each officer or Constabulary can vary with the level of help they give and this obviously, this has got to be addressed , for example the odd officer just like the members of the public are influenced by the media ‘Wheel-clampers’ (and Spit) but usually when they see our lads in uniform, notice that they are licensed by the SIA, then they seek advice from the immobiliser and form there own opinion and its not always right!

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What law says that you can do this?
(Lord Waddington QC former MP & Home Sec 1989)
Criminal Law is statutes that are laid down by the government over several years, which intent to bring about a peaceful society, (In this case The Securities industry Act of 2001) Whereas civil laws are more specific towards people, land and belongings. We of course initially fell into the latter. We could and did defend our actions by using the two following case laws. Volenti-non-fit-injuria and the Doctrine known as "distress damage Feasant" The first is basically the simpler to understand. It's a Warning that if you don't heed the warning then the proprietor cannot be held responsible for your actions, i.e. do not leave your seat until the bus as come completely to a halt, or beware of the bull, hot surface, etc, The second in-rough translation from Latin is as follows; If a sheep came onto your land and grazed therefore causing you damage, you can detain that sheep not only until you receive monies to compensate for the damage but also the costs of the debt recovery. However you cannot do this for profitable gains. Any judge worth his while would clearly say you cannot bring this doctrine into play because of the financially gain, but we can prove that our profits are derived from the selling of the signs and not the clamp release fee.

Do you ever get trouble from the people you have clamped?
(Friends in pub)
Yes! Of course, even to the extent of being shot at with a machine gun, knifes, being threatened with base ball bats, dogs, angry wives, and so on! Our staff are trained to handle most things. Its not just about collecting the payment and removing the clamp, but how and when to explain the reason why they have been clamped and pointing out the error in their ways. When most people realise that their excuses and story's just aren't going to work, they usually calm down a little, some even see the humorous side of it all, especially the passenger and its not uncommon to receive a tip, threats more often mind you, but it is true!

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Why do you put the signs so high up the wall?
(Regular Question)
Most signs are placed at a minimum height of 2 meters for following reasons, so they can be seen from all over the car park, so that no cars can inadvertently hide the signs from view, it can be considered to be cosmetically pleasing, Health & safety reasons, after all we wouldn’t like to take someone’s eye out would we? and finally it is very difficult to tamper with or rip the signs down out of harms way.

Are you insured?
(D. Caesar, Property Consultant)
Public liability 10,000,000 and employees insurance its either 3 or 4,000,000 I don’t know off hand! What ever it is, its with Zurich & it’s the minimum requirement by law and it costs a bloody fortune, I know that much!

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Can I cut a clamp off?
(Regular Question)
No definitely not! It is without doubt criminal damage, and we prosecute everyone no exception. The Police and the CPS do not wish to turn a normally law abiding citizen into a criminals but mess with our property and you get your just deserts!

When do you tow away?
(Des Gordon, Housing officer, Royal Borough of Kingston)
As a last resort! For example; when a vehicle is blocking a fire exit or of a similar statue, and if someone threatens criminal damage and looks like they are going to carry out that threat, or when the proprietor requests it! However we do not remove dumped motor vehicles when the is no fiscal value!

Do you really cover the country?
(D. Bickerstaff)
No, that’s almost impossible! However I know we cover most major cities and towns throughout the UK! I am led to believe (by my loyal staff in the office who never get pay rises) we have nearly 700 Clients who have over 2,500 sites in over 300 towns and cities.

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What stops me from doing this on my land?
(G. Snape, Preston)
Nothing, First of all you need a car park, (obviously) then anyone with a clamp and padlock can immobilise a vehicle. But removing it, if your getting paid you must have an SIA Licence, you also must have a reasonably clear criminal background, be educated to BTEC level 2 in Vehicle Immobilisation and the same level in Conflict management. Furthermore saving face and remaining in one piece is another matter for the costs incurred I know its better you stay in your profession and let a profession company deal the hassle and abuse.

What is a cowboy clamper?
(Mrs Plumb, Wigan)
This is a term used by the press for wheel clampers with no scruples, low in morals, lacking sense. Unfortunately there was a high number of these companies in our industry and we where all tarred with the same brush! However ‘be grateful for small and little mercies’ Public awareness as regards wheel clamping and signage is now due to their antics phenomenal. Put the signs up and you will have a 95% deterrent rate ,,,, almost instantly!

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What's the funniest moment you've experienced?
(M. Mc Clusky, Oxford)
We could be here for hours! and that's just my personal experiences, Nippon News, The Mechanic, even *Viz! springs to mind! (If its hyperlinked then its available to download) Should you get the time and the opportunity, put this same question to your local Clamper/ operator, I'm sure they'll enjoy spinning you a yarn and I’m sure enjoy listening.

Do you clamp Disabled Drivers?
(Mrs Allison, Special needs & Care worker, Blackburn)
Nope! but we do clamp their cars. (Only kidding Karen)The disabled drivers "Orange/Blue Badge Scheme" permits the holder of the badge to park with more rights than any other driver on public roads. Under the terms and conditions of the orange/blue badge scheme, it clearly states that these privileges / concessions are for on street parking only and are not honoured on private land. Normally we slap wrists, but it does depend on the severity, the inconvenience caused, their disability, and of course the proprietors wishes.

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Where can I get hold of a permit and is there a black market for them?
(Anon)
All our permits (some 50,000 of them) are provided free from charge to our property managers, and they of course distribute them, to whom they wish, especially to those who wish to use their car parking facilities. Unfortunately for you they all have serial numbers on them and are traced back to the proprietor, we commonly find duplicated ones which are met with a fierce penalty.

What ever made you go into wheel clamping?
(Mum & Dad!)
No! Honestly not a bad childhood, I saw the need for the protection of parking spaces on private land and it all grew from there! *Or do you want the truth!

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I have a permit, yet you still clamped me and charged me £80 for parking in my own space, which I own?
(Mr. ++++! Cambridge City Homes)
Phew! I have no intention of getting into personal grievances on this site! However I will cover this one as it is a common whinge! Where do I begin, Firstly I’m sorry and I apologise for your distress. Although I do know you that you own your own space you must realise that we are operating legally in a communal area for the common good. This was voted for and implanted by your committee. You where indeed given a permit and as you stated in your letter and I accept that you normally display it! Therefore you also accepted its terms and conditions and benefited from its use! Our operatives do not have ‘ESP’ (and I again apologise if I seem facetious) They did after all do their job correctly, which is what you wanted, and I do have to pay them! They Identified your vehicle as a ‘pirate’ and immobilised it! This vehicles was then clamped for 11 hours through midnight and it incurred several visits until it was released at 8:30 am the following day. I know where your coming from and I know how you must feel, but I must stress it clearly states on the rear of the permit “This permit is only valid if” and you know the rest I’m sure. Do not think for one minute that I am suggesting that this is you, but there are a huge amount of people who claim ’My Permit fell out of the windscreen’ or ‘the wind must have blown it off’ ‘ It’s here in my handbag’ The permits are pre glued for your convenience and need to be attached to your windscreen just like your tax disc!

Please email me with any challenging questions and I’ll publish the best, please do not relate to any specific incident as I am not an authority on whose right and whose wrong!