Clampers in Windsor could soon be hit with ASBOs in a bid to stop the “victimisation” of motorists.
The council has passed a motion to dish out the punishment amid concern that unscrupulous clampers are making large amounts of money from the thousands of tourists visiting every year.
“These firms are making a fortune by clamping tourists with little or no real justification. Our reputation as a town and as a tourist destination is being damaged and we must take radical action,” said Tory councillor Phil Bicknell, who proposed the motion.
"So far we have tried to put up warning signs in the town but still tourists fall foul: perhaps it’s because they cannot read English. Either way they should not be victimised for turning up a few minutes late for their cars.”
The council has already responded to the Department for Transport’s consultation on clamping by demanding an outright ban.
A date has not yet been set for issuing ASBOs to clampers in the Berkshire town but the council hopes action will be taken before the Christmas period.