Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs
New Zealand First welcomes the proposed changes to cull out predatory wheel clamping behaviour. The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill, which passed its first reading today, sets a maximum cap of $100 for the amount a motorist will have to pay.
“The unregulated nature of wheel clamping has led to the public being put in a vulnerable position,” says New Zealand First Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs, Clayton Mitchell.
“The fee needs to accurately reflect the gravity of the violation. The fee for wheel clamping can be as much as $700, yet the maximum infringement fee for driving over the speed limit is only $630.
“We support businesses’ right to enforce order in parking on their premises, but this can be done without such exploitative fees.
“Cowboy clampers are holding people to ransom for what is often an innocent mistake.
“New Zealand First is proud to be a part of a Coalition Government putting an end to this behaviour,” says Mr Mitchell