Thursday, June 17, 2010
The POA also provides for a trial to prove your were guilty of the alleged offence. You weren’t given a trial or the option of having a trial, you were just found guilty and forced to pay on the spot by a private company who is breaking the law.
Section 51 of the by-law articulates who can issue summons and tickets and NO WHERE does this by-law allow a private company to do ANYTHING to ANYONE regarding ANY alleged offence.
In short, you got screwed.
The city needs to require this company to reimburse ALL people who have been a victim of this scam since it began.
Or you can sue them and you can seek additional damages for violating your charter rights. You can seek you legal costs in fighting this, too.
And you will win, too!"
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
"I'm fed up with this issue and I cannot accept any arguments from staff that there's nothing we can do because this action occurs on private property," said Boudreau.
He added the municipal building inspectors regulate the number of parking spaces rental houses must have on their property, so there must be a way to regulate private parking as well.
He asked city manager Jacques Dubé to prepare a bylaw for the next council meeting June 21.
Until then, he said, he'll be boycotting any businesses that boot.
"This is a straightforward matter. Let's ban those idiotic items!" he said. "This booting stuff is insane."
Alasdair Baxter, Nottingham Discusses Clampers in His Area:
Why does England and Wales not get in line with Scotland where private clamping is totally illegal."
Alasdair Baxter, Nottingham, UK.Tel +44 115 9705100; Fax +44 115 9423263
"Fred" from www.LegalBanter.com :
"The present legal position of clampers is a scandal and amounts to barely legal extortion in many cases. There is absolutely no excuse for failing to bring in a system of licensing that will regulate them.
We have all heard the horror stories, up to and including the deliberate setting up of tempting-looking sites to entrap the unwary. At up to £300 per victim the costs are easy to recoup.
I recently heard a case in court where the driver of a clamper truck was seen by the police to clamp a vehicle, whereupon they checked him over. It turns out that he has no licence, and his truck is uninsured. He then tried to give the officers false details, and only adjusted his attitude when they handcuffed him and put him in the police vehicle. He then failed to turn up to court, and I issued a warrant for his arrest.
The Government needs to find time for a short Bill bringing in licensing of clampers, with a proper code of practice. Perhaps a private member will oblige?"
"My point has nothing to do whether clamping is legal - it obviously is. What has happened though is that some clamping firms are in the extortion business rather than that of parking control.
In my area a car was towed away within four minutes of being left and the owner was told that it would cost him £385 to get his car (which was in an adjacent street) back.
Clampers have threatened and intimidated old and vulnerable people. All I am asking is that clampers are properly licensed, checked for criminal backgrounds, and that their behaviour be subject to a code of practice.
My story about the unlicensed and uninsured clamper who then tried to get arsy with the police was to illustrate what some of the clampers are like. They should be controlled."
Krissie Labanauskas "Car-Boot Racket; Old Navy Chicago, 60290"
"No Savings Here!""...Had a terrible experience here. Parked with intention of using coupon at Old Navy but had to use the restroom before shopping so ran across street to Starbucks....On way to shop at Old Navy, saw boot on my car! Store managers claim their hands are tied and cannot do anything regarding their customers being booted.
Car next to me was booted as well, when they had already shopped at Old Navy, one person was still in Old Navy at time of boot, and three others ran to Starbucks for a drink.
All in all, I paid $115 to remove boot...terrible experience, did not use coupon or shop at store after being rudely dismissed by manager.
No discretion to help out customers regarding boots sounds like a bunch of b*** s*** OR terrible corporate management/policy. Either way, avoid this store and certainly avoid the lot. Global Parking Management Inc. supposedly runs the lot.
March 17, 2009 by Krissie Labanauskas in Chicago, IL