A woman clinging to a notorious parking garage in West Auckland believes that imposing clamping force operators with the inciting of violence would be much more effective than being fined.
Louise Allen was squeezed and charged $ 200 on 20 Sel Park Drive, Henderson, along with her mourning friend who had just lost her son, while they were in June with the police.
Allen is one of the many people who have been stung by Elite Parking Services, including one Herald reporter whose car was clutched – despite the fact that a cameraman from the same vehicle had legitimately bought items from the bakery of the complex.
The Minister of Finance, Kris Faafoi and MP Phil Twyford, spoke on the actual site that made the headlines, a crackdown on "cowboy" clips.
They announced a maximum amount that an operator could charge of $ 100 for removing a wheel clamp that could be enforced by the police if the operator tried to charge more. The police would also have the power to pinch those who tried their luck.
"[Police] will be able to report an offense of $ 1000 for one person and $ 3.00 for a company, "said Phil Twyford, and if the case came to court, a person could be fined up to $ 3,000 and a company, $ 15,000.
Twyford today also revealed that Elite Parking Services – the subject of a stack of complaints, including Allen's – was picked up earlier this month by the shopping mall and that Wilson Parking, which does not hold vehicles, has since been taken over.
When she spoke from her home in Glen Eden shortly after the announcement, Louise Allen told Herald the proposed legislation was a "step in the right direction" but did not go far enough.
"It's not about the fact that when they cling to it, they really encourage people to get angry and aggressive because they do something with someone's car," she said.
"I think they are tempting people to become aggressive, almost as an incentive to violence."
All think that between now and when the legislation comes into force, violence can escalate.
"When it's $ 100, you might find that clampers become more aggressive because they have to squeeze more to earn the money they earned by just putting one," she said.
"If they are each stuck at $ 400, they will be four times more aggressive."
Mark Stockdale, AA chief advisor for regulation, said that having no rules for wheel clamps allowed anyone to set himself up in the exciting business and impose all the punishments they liked, on any private property, at any time.
He said that $ 100 was disproportionate to the crime and did not solve the problem to deny motorists the possibility to dispute a wheel clamp table without paying locally.
"The AA also thinks that wheel clamps should be regulated in the same way as drivers of towing services.
"Tow Truck companies must have a permit, they must keep track of the opponents, they must have uniforms so that people can see that they are professional and not that someone steals their car."
The intention is that the proposed legislation will be presented to the Parliament at the end of the year to enter into force this time next year.