PERTH’S biggest council has declared war on wheel clamping.
City of Stirling will take inspiration from other states to draft a local law to ban the “dangerous” practice.
Mayor Mark Irwin brought the issue to council on August 13 because he believed there were other methods available to effectively regulate parking.
“If no one else is going to step into this space, I think we should,” he said.
“The motion has already received overwhelming support from the community and across Australia and even as far as the UK.”
Business owners and drivers have complained about wheel clamping since 2017 in a private carpark along Scarborough Beach Road, which is often used by visitors to
Scarborough Beach events, and Cr Irwin said he was also aware of it occurring further up the road in Osborne Park.
Cr Irwin said wheel clamping was a “disproportionate” response to control parking, describing it as “unreasonable and un-Australian”.
He was unsure whether the City would create a law or amend an existing one to ban wheel clamping, with officers to investigate options and report back to council.
They will likely look at legislation in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland that bans or regulates clamping.
The City will also try to get support from the Premier, Local Government Minister and WALGA for its proposed law.