While for caravan insurance claims to be valid, a wheel clamp is necessary when the vehicle is left unattended, one poor caravanner from the Midlands found that clampers struck his towing car while it was attached to the caravan, which he was in at the time!
Glyn Roberts of Walsall decided to take revenge on the over-enthusiastic clamping team by in turn clamping one of their own vehicles, according to the Birmingham Mail.
The 51-year-old told the newspaper how he had no choice but to park his Peugeot 407 and Coachman touring caravan in a parking bay that was reserved for lorries at Cullompton motorway services in Devon since he was unable to find a space for caravans.
He explained: “When I drove to the caravan area, there were only around seven spots and all of them were taken. Normally, caravans would park in areas reserved for HGVs so I went there and parked up. I went into the shop and bought some water and returned to the van, where we started having some food.
“We were only there about 20 minutes when two men jumped out of a van and clamped the car. I was furious and got out to argue but one of the men pointed to another sign in another part of the car park, which was slightly obscured and mostly written in small print, warning that wheel-clamping was in operation.”
Angry at being targeted when he and his wife were sitting in the caravan simply eating sandwiches, Mr Roberts fixed his caravan wheel clamp on to clamping officers’ van, surrounded by a cheering crowd.
When police were called to the scene, Mr Roberts released his clamp and paid the £130 fee to release his vehicle. “I have no regrets whatsoever about what I did,” the plucky caravanner said.
“They had also clamped another caravan user who apparently had got permission from the manager of the service station leave her van there.”
Mr Roberts could not actually have been arrested for his clamping escapade as the service station would be classed as private land. In addition, it turns out that Mr Roberts may be able to reclaim his money. “I have been told that, as the sign warning motorists of the clampers was more than three car lengths from my vehicle, I may be able to reclaim my money,” he said. “I’ve got in touch with a solicitor who deals with these cases and he is looking into it.”
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