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What is the position regarding wheel clamped vehicles? If I cut off the clamp using a cordless grinder and drove away, what is my position?
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I guess at the end of the day it's best to have a good look around and make sure you can park there.
Very true. Even if you can get away with something for free, it can't beat the time and effort you may end up putting in if something goes wrong.
After considering a case in which a car was towed away from a parking lot WITH THE OWNER STILL IN IT, the High Court ruled that distress damage feasant does not apply where the owner of the car has possession. So, if you get into your car, effectively gaining possession and control of it, a tow truck driver MUST release it. However, most tow truck operators will attempt to charge you a call-out fee if they have already broken into your car in order to hook it up. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY. If my memory serves me correctly, this statement was made some time ago by Consumer and it is one which I carry as "closely to my heart" as I carry a copy of it in the glovebox of my car! Don't let towies get the better of you. Stand up to them...even if they are bigger than you are!
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