One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A device for immobilizing an illegally parked car.
- ‘It might be an irritation putting the wheel clamp on every time you leave the vehicle alone, but how long does that simple precaution take?’
- ‘Matt Leach, marketing manager of Bargain Booze, explained that the promotion built on another campaign carried out in 2002 using fake parking tickets and cardboard wheel clamps.’
- ‘Simply to deny P the use of his property, for example, by placing a wheel clamp on his car, does not amount to damage.’
- ‘On whose authority are these wheel clamps directed?’
- ‘Laurent wasn't very lucky after ending up with a wheel clamp on his Chrysler Voyager people carrier and a £120 fine for failing to pay and display.’
- ‘The restrictive yellow wheel clamps were slapped on 19 vehicles in total and a car low-loader transported the majority away to a DVLA pound.’
- ‘Similarly, where boats are kept on trailers without wheel clamps, and disappear in the night, you can kiss goodbye to a claim.’
- ‘He then shut the door and indicated the wheel clamp on the car.’
- ‘A police spokesman said removing wheel clamps in this way is criminal damage and they would investigate any reports they receive.’
- ‘Again, physical security should be considered here - from chain locks for trailers and even yard gates, to wheel clamps and locking posts for the light commercials.’
- ‘There are at least 3 types of wheel clamp, Hanson, Triangle and Dutch.’
- ‘She says that to gain entry to the park, thieves had to saw through padlocks, break through a barrier and also take wheel clamps off the ‘vans.’
- ‘It costs £80 to have a wheel clamp released or £160 impounding fee plus £15 per day storage if the vehicle remains unclaimed for more than 24 hours.’
- ‘Charges for the removal of a wheel clamp are also being doubled from £25 to £50.’
- ‘He had to pay for a wheel clamp to be removed in early April and despite reassurances has still not seen a penny of his £95 back.’
- ‘Now Nicola is demanding to know why a bailiff charged her more than £400 to release a wheel clamp.’
- ‘‘Pendle Council could fine people or use wheel clamps or whatever, but they won't do it,’ said Mr Allen.’
- ‘Don't try to remove the wheel clamp yourself as you can be accused of causing criminal damages.’
- ‘It pays to read the signs before leaving your car in a car park or other private land in England: security guards can impose enormous instant fines, and enforce them by immobilizing your car with a wheel clamp.’
with object Immobilize (an illegally parked car) with a wheel clamp.
put out of action, disable, prevent from moving, prevent from working, make inoperative, render inactive, inactivate, deactivate, paralyse, crippleView synonyms
- ‘They will wheel-clamp your car if you don't move.’
- ‘The DVLA wheel-clamping unit will be clamping vehicles that are not taxed.’
- ‘The vehicle was wheel-clamped by Carstoppers for parking across two bays on a private car park in Haworth.’
- ‘A nurse whose car was wheel-clamped on hospital grounds as she dealt with an emergency has threatened her bosses with legal action.’
- ‘I read the report about a student being wheel-clamped in Bishop's Wharf.’
- ‘He displayed his disabled sticker but returned to find his vehicle wheel-clamped.’
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