A LORRY DRIVER delivering flour in Tilbury was left short of dough after being hit with a £1200 fine.
Clive Warcup, the haulier whose company was hit with the charge, said the clamper threatened to increase the fee by £100 for each hour they had to wait,
Mr Warcup told the Daily Telegraph.“We’ve been clamped before – £250 on motorway services. That sort of amount you put down to experience – it isn’t worth the fight,” he said.
“But this is outrageous. We dealt with the company from the office – we had half an hour soul-searching and paid up by credit card. At the end of the day, we had to move that load.”
A spokesman for the Road Haulage Association condemned the penalty. “We’re outraged,” an RHA spokeswoman said.
“The ‘No Parking’ sign was very small. It’s grossly unfair, especially as hauliers are working to the tightest possible margins and under tremendous pressure.”
Clamping on private land by private contractors will be outlawed under the Freedom Bill, which is currently before MPs.
South East Clamping and Associates, which clamped the lorry, refused to comment.