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‘No Parking’ signs

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All sorts of people make all sorts of prohibitions and forbiddings, not all of which are particularly enforceable. The ‘No Parking’ signs that dot properties the world over are a case in point.

‘No Parking’ signs are in the ‘Trespassers will be prosecuted’ category. These not-so-dreadful notices have tried to terrify generations of children, particularly boys and tomboy girls from venturing onto private land. Well-informed adults knew all along that all this was more bark than bite and that the angry landowner could take legal action only when evidence of actual damage could be proved conclusively in a court of law.

Simply putting up a ‘No Parking’ sign indicates only that somebody, the owner and/or his agent, does not want third party unpermitted parking. Should the notice be flouted that in and of itself does not result in damages and in the event of persistent parking after months or years of arguing and shouting the very most that can be expected is an ex-parte injunction; that would be an extreme case.

Clearly, therefore, something more has to be done if persons other than mischievous children are to be deterred.

The warning signs advertising the landowner’s options of clamping and towing away did wonders against adult motorists but, alas for the property owning classes in the UK, the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 has a section taking away those choices for landlords because from 1 October 2012 both clamping and towing away will become illegal on private land.

What then is to be done?
In the context of the cluttered and complex laws and the environment of the United Kingdom the landowner might get just a bit flustered about how to deter unwanted third party parking, a bit like David Copperfield’s Aunt Betsy over donkey trespassing on her garden.

There is one parking control company called Flashpark (the brand name of Vehicle Control Solutions Ltd) that uses the Internet and its own authorised access to the government’s register of vehicle owners to charge motorists who defy the ‘No Parking’ signs.

Parking and traffic experts and other related specialists think that this Flashpark method is the best thing going for giving substance to ‘No Parking’ signs. Readers outside the United Kingdom will be glad to know that the methodology is unlicensed with no patents, actual or pending.

This is with little doubt going to be the way forward around the world.

Persons wanting to avail themselves of the service should consult the www.flashpark.co.uk website if they are in the United Kingdom. Would be imitators outside the United Kingdom should do the same thing and consult with the company as well.