No surrender to clampers

I cannot find this on the BBC web site but I heard on Radio Ulster this morning that if cars have three or more outstanding parking fines registered to them they can be clamped and towed away. This is an attempt to prevent people ignoring parking fines and apparently they will have received multiple written warnings before clamping occurs.

Now it might be inappropriate for me to tell everyone this but there is one solution to this problem (apart from not getting parking tickets). The old Citroen DS with that weird gas suspension apparently cannot be clamped when parked, it sits too low to get a clamp on. Of course that does not prevent it being towed away and from memory they were so unreliable anyway that the chances of actually getting anywhere in them were pretty limited. Sadly Elenwe regards them as too odd and will not let me buy one.

  • wild turkey

    Turgon

    Heard it on the radio this morning and if I’ve got it right, National CarParks (NCP) has the contract for the traffic wardens, clampers and towers.

    Questions for the sluggertariat

    1. Is DVLNI a fully owned subsidiary of NCP?

    2. when I next pay my car tax is the cheque made out to DVLNI or the bounty hunters at NCP?

    3. What would you do if you travelling down a deserted and desolate country road late at night you came across a traffic warden or clamper with a break-down and in need of assistance….hmmmm

    4. And finally, keeping in the slugger spirit. It is a well known fact that all wardens are (a) ____________ and mostly clamp the cars of (b)________________ PLEASE fill in (a) and (b) with catholic/nationalist/republican or protestant/unionist/loyalist as appropriate.

  • willis

    “weird gas suspension”

    Clearly you have never enjoyed the beauty of an old style Citroen in full sail.

    Don’t forget that it was the suspension which saved the life of the gr… You probably already know of my deep appreciation of the Great General De Gaulle.

    http://www.egothemag.com/archives/2004/10/citroen_ds_1.htm

  • Comrade Stalin

    wild turkey,

    1. Is DVLNI a fully owned subsidiary of NCP?

    It’s more complicated than that. The DVLNI no longer exists, it is now the DVA (Driver and Vehicle Agency) and this single agency is responsible for testing and licensing both vehicles and drivers.

    when I next pay my car tax is the cheque made out to DVLNI or the bounty hunters at NCP?

    It is collected by the DVA, however I believe the proceeds are passed on directly to the British government, they are not part of the NI government’s tax base. Car taxes are set in London.

    3. What would you do if you travelling down a deserted and desolate country road late at night you came across a traffic warden or clamper with a break-down and in need of assistance….hmmmm

    As a law-abiding road user who always takes care to obey the road and parking regulations, pays the correct taxes and tests his vehicle on time every year, I would gladly help those who are enforcing the law against others who think they are entitled to a free ride – at some personal physical risk to themselves.

    I don’t understand why people bitch about speed cameras and traffic wardens. It is very easy to avoid them – don’t speed, and ensure your vehicle is correctly taxed and licensed and that any parking fees are correctly paid. I’m strongly in support of mechanisms to raise tax revenue off people who are too stupid to follow these simple rules.

  • BonarLaw

    Don’t park illegally, pay up if you do, don’t get clamped. Simple isn’t it?

  • wild turkey

    CS

    ‘I’m strongly in support of mechanisms to raise tax revenue off people who are too stupid to follow these simple rules. ‘

    firstly, thanks for your helpful answers.

    umm, the questions were a bit a tongue in cheek. Nonetheless, while agreeing with your fundamental point on revenue raising, I would like to see it extended, in an appropriate and proportionate fashion, to those ‘stupid’ enough to violate other codes, be they with respect to on or off the road violations.

    The motorist, stupid or otherwise, is an easy mark.

    While agreeing with you on raising revenue on/off the back of those who behave in a stupid fashion, I would like to see the concept extended. Extended specifically to those in political, quangoland, legal, business or professional life. For example we could start with those slated in say Public Account Committee and/or Audit Office Reports. Quite often it seems these people suffer neither financial, personal or professional embarassment. But then again they are not under the same degree of surveillance as drivers stupid enough to be caught out by speed cameras, traffic wardens etc. Therefore try this on for size.

    How about publically televised waterboarding, initially piloted on a pay per view basis. As a generator of revenue it does have potential.

  • Comrade Stalin

    I was being tongue in cheek as well.

    The trouble with people not obeying the rules of the road properly is that it can result in death. This isn’t quite so likely with your quango/etc examples, although I’d certainly be in favour of stiffer fines and punishment for people who jerk around with the planning system.

  • willowfield

    People who park illegally are selfish scum.

    There are few things that irritate me more than a single parked car forcing the entire traffic on a two-lane road into one lane.

  • Hope they don’t wait until 3 parking fines to tow away those “selfish scums” as willowfield aptly put it. 🙂