Friday 30 September 2016

Clamping law having no impact on fees

Published 10/08/2016 | 02:30

Private clampers are still able to charge up to €300 to release vehicles despite new laws to limit fees being passed 15 months ago. Stock Image
Private clampers are still able to charge up to €300 to release vehicles despite new laws to limit fees being passed 15 months ago. Stock Image

Private clampers are still able to charge up to €300 to release vehicles, despite new laws to limit fees being passed 15 months ago.

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Transport Minister Shane Ross is under pressure from Fine Gael backbenchers to finally allow strict regulations come into place.

The Vehicle Clamping Act was signed into law by President Michael D Higgins in May 2015. It sets the maximum release fee for clamping at €100 and relocation at €50.

At the time, the Dáil heard that some private companies were charging between €200 and €300 to de-clamp cars.

Responsibility for regulating clampers falls to the National Transport Authority (NTA) but a spokesperson said it cannot begin to limit the fees until Mr Ross signs a commencement order.

She said the NTA is working closely with the Department of Transport on the issue.

But Fine Gael TD for Dublin North West Noel Rock said the delay is unacceptable.

"These ridiculous fees were supposed to be capped years ago. It's insane that people are still being charged a rate above the cap that was supposed to be introduced in the Vehicle Clamping Bill," he said.

"This isn't on. It's time for Shane Ross to sign this into law quickly."

The Department of Transport said the NTA has been given extra resources to take on the new responsibilities. Mr Ross expects an early autumn commencement date.

Irish Independent

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