“I’ve been strong on my stance on this from the start. It’s banned in other states in Australia, it’s banned in whole countries around the world.”
Although the City of Stirling operates a free shuttle bus between Trigg Beach carpark and the markets, Mr Irwin said there was not enough public parking available for market punters.
Wheel clamps in the City of Stirling are used by private contractors around Scarborough and Doubleview, mainly employed by private landowners and strata holders as a “self-help” method to stop cars from parking on the property without permission.
If drivers can’t afford to pay the removal fees outright, they risk having their car towed and a bill upwards of $400 to get it back.
Western Australia does not have any law or regulations governing wheel-clamping practices; industry instead relies on a voluntary code of practice.
Wheel clamping made headlines earlier this year, after Mr Irwin submitted a motion to investigate whether it was possible for his council to ban or regulate the use of the devices.
Since moving the motion in July, the City of Stirling has drafted a local law to ban wheel clamping within the council’s limits, which will be presented to a community and resource committee next Tuesday.
If the committee votes in favour of the ban, it will be handed to council for approval on November 19, followed by a six-week advertising period to allow for community feedback.
“The local law will then come back to council early in the new year and community feedback will be taken into account,” Mr Irwin said.
“If endorsed the local law will then go to the Delegated Legislation Committee of Parliament for approval.”
If the local law is passed, the City of Stirling could become the first local government in WA to ban wheel clamping.
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