Immobilisation of Vehicles

Home Department written question – answered on 24th November 2009.

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Photo of Patrick Mercer Patrick Mercer Conservative, Newark

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any documents issued by the Security Industry Authority indicate that it is permitted for a licensed clamper to place a clamp on a vehicle displaying a disabled badge.

Photo of Alan Campbell Alan Campbell Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

Regulation 6 (2)(a) of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Licences) Regulations 2007, states that

"the licensee shall not immobilise, remove or restrict a vehicle in accordance with paragraph 3 or 3A of Schedule 2 to the 2001 Act if the vehicle is an invalid carriage or if a valid disability badge is displayed on the vehicle or if the vehicle is an emergency vehicle which is in use".

This is made clear on page 19 of the Security Industry Authority's (SIA) publication, "Get Licensed". This states that,

"when carrying out front line vehicle immobilisation duties the following conditions must be followed. A vehicle must not be clamped/blocked/towed if:

a valid disabled badge is displayed on the vehicle; it is an emergency service vehicle which is in use as such."

This document is available on the SIA's website at:

http://sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/725E43BE-2163-4E85-9151-6EAB15990BC1/0/sia_get_licensed.pdf

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