Published Saturday, 05 October 2013
At the moment, clamping is only carried out on untaxed and unlicensed cars or by private companies in the likes of shopping centres and retail parks in Northern Ireland.
Last week there were reports the DRD was planning to extend clamping powers - but the minister has denied there are any plans in the pipeline to change the current arrangements.
"I have no plans to introduce clamping other than the clamping arrangements that are currently in place for the non-payment of road taxes etc.," Mr Kennedy told UTV.
"I do not believe that an extension of clamping would benefit or deal with effectively traffic congestion even when it is in clearway avenues."
Traffic wardens say one area where they are exceptionally busy issuing tickets for illegally parked vehicles is Botanic Avenue in Belfast.
UTV asked people there if they think clamping should be more widely used.
"I don't think it would deter people," a man said. "It might deter the rich and frustrate the poor."
A woman said: "I think it's kind of unfair unless it's clearly marked on the streets, I see a lot of cars get clamped and it's so unfair because it's so expensive."
Another man said: "I think it's a good idea, in the morning when the bus lanes are supposed to be free. Maybe the motorist who gets clamped wouldn't like that but there it goes."
However, it would appear for the meantime anyway that clamping is not the preferred option to deal with problem of illegal parking in NI.
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