Fine Gael TD for Dublin North West, Noel Rock, has today (Monday) called on the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. to enact the Vehicle Clamping Act 2015. The Act sets the maximum release fee for clamping at €100 and relocation fees are capped at €50. The Act was signed by the President last year, but the Minister has yet to enforce the legislation with the National Transport Authority (NTA).
“The Act will mean that the NTA will be the independent regulator of clamping activities wherever they are operated. The Act was signed by the President last May and some 15 months later, we are still waiting for it to be enforced. This is not acceptable.
“I am calling on Minister Ross to work with the NTA in getting this legislation enacted as soon as possible. As a Government, we need to be ensuring that legislation like this is enforced as soon as it is signed by the President. It leaves many believing that they are being overcharged for clamping, having believed that this legislation was already in action.
“I am aware that the Minister has previously acknowledged the delay in enacting this piece of legislation and hopes it will be enacted in the early autumn. I hope he will be true to his word and make sure this is delivered in due course, giving clarity to road users who still find themselves gouged into paying often exorbitant fees to private operators”.