Thursday, 17 December 2015
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
722. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the options and recourse available to those who believe they were incorrectly clamped by a private company in a parking area where they reside and where they are satisfied they followed all the necessary requirements; if there is a regulator to deal with the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46138/15]
Currently, there is no statutory regulation of clamping activities on private land.
However, following commencement, under the Vehicle Clamping Act 2015 it will be the function of the National Transport Authority (NTA) to regulate clamping activities wherever they take place.
The main areas which may be regulated are clamp release charges, the provision of appropriate advisory signage in areas where clamping is carried out and the establishment of a two-tier clamping appeals process. The Act also provides for a separate complaints procedure to consider complaints from members of the public in relation to clamping as well as the establishment of a code of practice.