Denver boot in GB English

eiwalch

Senior Member
USA, English
There's this device that police use to disable a vehicle (usually for overdue parking tickets) that's called a "Denver Boot" in American English. It's put around one of the tires so the car can't be driven.

Does anyone know what this is called in GB English? Since "boot" is the area that AE calls the "trunk", I'm curious if this type of boot has another name in GB. Thanks!
 
  • Ramage1894

    Member
    English
    I've only ever heard of it being called a clamp (there are plenty of signs informing people their cars might be clamped, which is when such a device is put on the tire to stop it from moving).
     

    Alxmrphi

    Senior Member
    UK English

    Ramage1894

    Member
    English
    It's commonly called a clamp, I've never heard anyone call it a Denver Boot.

    Plus the Independent is a broadsheet newspaper so it's only really middle class adults who read it.
     
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