James Brokenshire (Old Bexley and Sidcup, Conservative)
Section 54 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, which gained Royal Assent on 1 May 2012, contains provisions which will make it an offence to clamp, tow, block in or otherwise immobilise a vehicle without lawful authority if the intention is to prevent the motorist from removing that vehicle.
The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2012 contains the commencement details for sections 54-56 and schedule 4 of the Act, which will come into force on 1 October in England.
This order can be found on the Parliamentary legislation website at:
After 1 October, it will be a criminal offence to clamp, tow, block in or otherwise immobilise a vehicle without lawful authority. The maximum penalty for the new offence will be an unlimited fine on conviction in the Crown court; or a fine of up to the statutory maximum (currently £5,000) in the magistrates court.