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”.

It follows public outrage over a series of wheel-clamping blitzes at popular locations, including shopping and dining precincts, and beaches.

“We’ve heard too many horror stories from across Western Australia about the appalling and predatory behaviour of ‘wheel clampers’,” WA Premier Mark McGowan said.

“It will end the practice of ‘wheel clampers’ sitting and waiting for opportunities to clamp parked vehicles to coerce payments.”

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

“We’re going to heavily regulate towing in those instances, so it’s not an automatic switch from clamping to towing,” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said on Wednesday.