Car owners in Lambeth can breathe a sigh of relief: Lambeth Council is no longer going to clamp illegally parked cars in the borough. But before drivers start flooding into Lambeth to drop off their cars anywhere they like under the impression it's a vehicular wonderland south of the river, let it be known that parking tickets and fines will still be enforced and cars will be towed away instead of clamped in extreme cases of illegal and dangerous parking. It's just the indignity of the dreaded yellow clamp that will be banned from April this year.
In an extraordinary gradual shake-up of traffic patrol, Lambeth Council recognised that setting targets for parking tickets might induce overzealous patrolling and quite unpleasant behaviour by traffic wardens. It's got to come from somewhere, right? So that was abandoned last year and incentives for fairness and politeness introduced instead. Hugging, unsolicited cups of tea, flowers and invitations to dinner parties have yet to replace the dreaded tickets and fines but we like to think we're all moving towards to an era of harmony and loving-kindness on our London roads.