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The end may be in sight for thousands of British motorists who have had to endure having their car clamped unfairly

The government wants to introduce measures to reign in rogue private firms that rendered cars immovable unless a huge fine is paid. The Automobile Association says private parking enforcement is big business – especially when the rules are broken. “They are doing things like double charging. Some people are being charged 500, 600 pounds (580- 700 euros) for a simple parking offence and that just isn’t morally right,” argues the AA’s Chris Elliott. Mavis Maynard is an all too typical case. Forced to pay more than 400 euros to retrieve her car after leaving alone for just 20 minutes. The AA says with private measure “out of control” – the best solution is the banning of all private clamping as is the case in Scotland.