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Wheel clamping law in CH (GE)

Does anyone know anything about the law on immoblising (clamping) a car in Switzerland or Geneva canton?
This was done to my car recently by someone who i think does not have the right to do so.
What can i do?
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Old 30.09.2009, 17:02
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Re: Wheel clamping law in CH (GE)

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/3112670.stm
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Does anyone know anything about the law on immoblising (clamping) a car in Switzerland or Geneva canton?
This was done to my car recently by someone who i think does not have the right to do so.
What can i do?
Well how about telling us who that someone is and we'll put you on the right track...
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Re: Wheel clamping law in CH (GE)

I would rather not give specific details, but it was on private property in the geneva canton, where i have a right to be and leave my car - although i left i there too long. But there is no signposted limit or penalty for that.
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Old 30.09.2009, 17:22
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I would rather not give specific details, but it was on private property in the geneva canton, where i have a right to be and leave my car - although i left i there too long. But there is no signposted limit or penalty for that.
Private property, not good... wasn't yours in that case, was it?
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Old 30.09.2009, 17:24
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Private property, not good... wasn't yours in that case, was it?
He does state, he has a right to be there, I am confused about the too long bit though? This is like pulling teeth
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What can i do?
Pay the fine?
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Re: Wheel clamping law in CH (GE)

ok, it was in the grounds of an International Organisation which i work for. I had a verbal arrangement to leave the car in a certain place until the following morning. A person who does not work for the IO, or the security staff, but is resposible for that area took it upon themsleves to immobilise the car.
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ok, it was in the grounds of an International Organisation which i work for. I had a verbal arrangement to leave the car in a certain place until the following morning. A person who does not work for the IO, or the security staff, but is resposible for that area took it upon themsleves to immobilise the car.
See if you can get the person who gave you permission to talk to the person who clamped the car!

Sounds like you need to get the car registered with someone there and some form of sticker or permit.

Hope it works out okay.
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Pay the fine?
There was no fine, only that i had to wait 2 hours to get it unlocked.
I want to know if i have any legal course against the person who locked it, to make a point. i.e. does an individual not acting in an official capacity have the right to immobilise my car?
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There was no fine, only that i had to wait 2 hours to get it unlocked.
I want to know if i have any legal course against the person who locked it, to make a point. i.e. does an individual not acting in an official capacity have the right to immobilise my car?
Question is, did you have the right to park there and for how long.

We know that you have an agreement, but does the security/parking personnel know? It could be anyone...
You had a parking til the next morning, but apparently were later (hours, days?). Maybe they felt in the right to do so and without parking sticker or being aware of the agreement they may well be in their right.

To be honest, Shorrick is our expert in all things duties and rights, he might know with enough info from you.
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ok, it was in the grounds of an International Organisation which i work for. I had a verbal arrangement to leave the car in a certain place until the following morning. A person who does not work for the IO, or the security staff, but is resposible for that area took it upon themsleves to immobilise the car.
If the person is "responsible for that area" it is irrelevant whether they work for the security staff or indeed the IO - the IO may very well have subcontracted parking management to a third party, in which case clamping would fall well within said person's prerogatives. The fact that he is "responsible for the area" is "official capacity" enough since we're talking private property here.
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There was no fine, only that i had to wait 2 hours to get it unlocked.
I want to know if i have any legal course against the person who locked it, to make a point. i.e. does an individual not acting in an official capacity have the right to immobilise my car?
This is Europe, not America.

By the time you've found a lawyer willing to listen to you, explained the case, paid his fee, wasted another 2 hours what value is any legal recourse ?

You were also on private property, what official capacity did you have to be their and as you left it "too long" as you admit.
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Re: Wheel clamping law in CH (GE)

I don't know too many people who carry wheel clamps for giggle, so would presume the person had some form of authority to use it in the area. As you stated you got permission from someone to park in this area, it says to me that parking is not normally permitted there, you then go on to say you stayed too long. So sounds like you crapped on your own cornflakes and got caught.

Why are you whinging anyway, it cost you a little time thats all.
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