The coalition government have decided to outlaw thugs who take you to ransom by clamping your car for little or no reason.
Of course this applies only to England because here in Scotland it's been outlawed for some years.
The government has decided that enough's enough after 1.5 million (aye that's right) motorists were trapped by ruthless clamping companies last year. They have torn up the last government's ban to regulate the industry in favour of an outright ban. Towing away will also be outlawed.
The 2,150 existing clamping licences will be revoked and anyone who continues to use an immobiliser on private land will face a massive fine or even jail.
Only police or councils will be allowed to clamp or tow away a car in exceptional circumstances; if it is obstructing a road or if the driver is a known repeat offender.
Despite wielding enormous power, those working on private land have been completely unregulated and their victims have had no right of independent appeal.
Pay back time for the clampers methinks. Wonder what their next scam will be? Possibly joining those who pounce on old ladies who drop ash in the street.