The founder of the biggest wheel-clamping firm in the United Kingdom has demanded from the Government a compensation of up to £4 million. Mr Trevor Whitehouse, whose company is incorporated in the British Virgin Islands, has claimed that the proposed legislation banning clamping and towing on private land will harm his business, and will bring him losses. The legal advisers of the businessman have written to law officers in the Treasury Solicitor’s Department, setting out the details of the claim.
This year’s new law follows a number of cases when rogue clampers trapped drivers and forced them to pay hundreds of pounds in fines. While penalties in public parking places can be challenged, there is no independent appeals process covering privately owned land.
By words of Mr. Whitehouse, his firm observes the rules and so is being “penalised for the actions of a bunch of cowboys who have ruined the industry’s reputation.” In his opinion, it is reasonable to seek compensation for the losses.
Other point of view is that such companies have made fortunes from their victims over the past 20 years. Some even consider that car owners should launch a counter-claim against these firms, asking for the money they have been forced to pay in fines.