WA wheel clamping ban a step closer

Wheel clamping could soon be banned in Western Australia as the state government prepares to introduce a bill to parliament to stop the "predatory behaviour".

Under the plan, towing will be the last resort for illegally-parked cars on private property and costs will be capped at $200.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said she wanted to ensure towing was not used as a replacement for wheel clamping.

"We're going to heavily regulate towing in those instances, so it's not an automatic switch from clamping to towing," she told reporters on Wednesday.

It comes after public outrage over a series of wheel clamping blitzes at shopping and dining precincts, and beaches.

Many people say enforcers lurk around in an intimidating way, while the signage about the parking rules are not always clear.

"We've seen predatory behaviour by wheel clampers and we've heard a lot of stories from victims," Ms Saffioti said.

"So this is a significant move addressing the many community concerns."

Premier Mark McGowan has previously described clamping as "un-Australian" and enforcers as "thugs and bullies".

The state government will introduce the bill to parliament later on Wednesday and expects it to pass parliament by the end of the year.

The Liberal opposition has previously indicated it supports the bill in principle but will scrutinise the details to ensure the law works effectively.

Victoria, NSW and Queensland have similar laws.