Clamping fees will be limited in Naas to €100 if proposals become law

Powerlines on Main Street, Naas.         Photo Tony Keane.

Powerlines on Main Street, Naas. Photo Tony Keane.

Long awaited proposals to deal with the clamping of vehicles will be viewed with interest by businesses in Naas, which have been complaining about the activities of the clampers.

Some of these clamping companies are employed by local business people.

It has taken the Fine Gael/Labour administration more than three years to come up with proposals to deal with the clamping of vehicles and politicians in Naas have been lobbying for change as local businesses closed.

Private car park operators allow clampers to extract fees of up to €120 plus, in some cases, an administration fee of €5 for using a credit card, from motorists who park beyond the paid for parking time at some five locations in Naas.

By contrast the local authority does not clamp vehicles, does not ticket cars in the evenings and lifts some of the regulations altogether on Saturdays and Sundays as well as public holidays and for prescribed periods at Christmas.

In one of the most embarrassing clamping incidents, UK racehorse trainer Robert Buckler had a horse trailer clamped at Fairgreen, Naas - during the Punchestown Racing Festival of 2012.

Mr. Buckler told the Leader at the time he was gone from the horsebox for no more than 15 minutes.

Cllr. Darren Scully has long been a vociferous opponents of clamping.

He believes the proposed legislation will tackle the issue.

“Kildare County Council has no powers to regulate private car parking and clamping and that’s why I’ve called on the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport to regulate this industry to benefit motorists.”

Ther are a number of private car parks being operated in Naas at various locations in the town.




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