Someone's got to crack down on these mercenaries. It's not on, there's hardly a temporary parking space left in Britain where a driver can leave a van for just a few minutes while running in somewhere for pick-up or delivery.
Compared to the 70's when I first started out it's just complete madness. I've been clamped by these rogues four times in the past five years – during my first decade on the job it didn't happen once.
But what's the point in making these comparisons if I don't do anything about it. That's why I'm calling on all van drivers to take action – complain to your local council, your MP, whoever you need to, and stop these callous clamping cowboys!
If you don't believe that things are getting really bad, then listen to this. Just last week a van driver in London received a £1,100 fine for the three minutes he was parked in a space in a car park – it cost him nearly £7 a second!
So whether you drive a Transit van, a Citroen van or a Renault van, do what you can to stop these rogues. As if the ballooning price of van insurance wasn't enough...