NEW tactics to crack down on "bully boy" wheel-clampers were welcomed today.
The RAC Foundation said plans by the new Security Industry Authority to curb the clampers would help motorists.
But they also urged the organisation to take things even further in some cases.
The Foundation wants to see a mandatory code of practice for clamping firms, more restrictions on towing away and a regulated licensing system.
Kirklees Council has brought in a voluntary code of conduct, following a successful Examiner campaign.
The newspaper highlighted methods used by car clampers in Huddersfield and demanded action.
The campaign followed the case of Marsh motorist Timothy Garbutt, who successfully sued a wheel-clamping firm for thousands of pounds.
They had clamped and towed away his Land Rover after he parked on waste land to pick up his niece from a dancing lesson.
The new nationwide regulations will insist on clampers demonstrating their suitability to run a business.
They will have to demonstrate good customer care and also submit to a criminal records check.
Edmund King, executive director of the RAC Foundation, said: "Many wheel-clampers have the well-earned reputation of being the school bully with the cowboy tactics they employ to get motorists to hand over their cash.
"Sending them back to school may remove a few dunces but more needs to be done."