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The rule in England and Wales is that 'an Englishman's [or Welshman's] home is his castle;' this is upheld in Common Law. Nevertheless, in private car park law, as elsewhere, there are restrictions.

For example, there are limitations to what can be lawfully done - even to an intruder. Vicious objects placed deliberately to 'punish' unwelcome visitors are definitely illegal. The 18th and early 19th century landowners who placed man-traps on their forested areas to maim trespassers and frighten others would be subjected to State and/or private prosecution plus civil action if they did that today.

Private car park law has undergone deep and rapid changes recently. The is the doing of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 that was the joint brainchild of two women Home Office ministers. It is wide-ranging and affects many aspects of life in Britain.

Two activities that private car park law had allowed but not as from midnight 30 September/1 October 2012 are:

  1. Clamping
  2. Towing

Owing to intense pressure from the powerful motoring lobby in Parliament.

The wheel clamp arrived in the United Kingdom as a ideational import from Denver, Colorado where an orchestra violinist had invented the soon-to-be-hated tool of immobilisation. At first it received rave reviews and the Denver city fathers and elsewhere in the USA and the rest of the world reported that release charge money was greatly swelling the coffers of local governments.

In the United Kingdom public authorities and then private people used the clamp starting from the 1960s. The wheel clamping fraternity soon spoilt the industry's name with unethical and thuggish conduct; by and by the motoring organisations led by the Royal Automobile Club protested and demanded action to ban the clamp.

Towing away has got a bad press. Today it is totally illegal on private land. During its heyday in the late unlamented 20th century the sight of various kinds of motor vehicles getting lifted onto towing trucks became a popular entertainment, especially among children who joined spectator crowds.

Thankfully, the 2012 Act has outlawed both these methods of enforcing private car park law but that makes a vacuum for the landlord.

We are pleased to confirm that the ground-breaking company Flashpark based in England innovated the Flashpark parking control method.

Essentially, the imposed upon landowner and/or his agent takes a quality snapshot of an offending vehicle plus one or more warning notices included and uses the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (government body) to identify and charge the 'registered keeper.' The photo goes to Flashpark by email.

The DVLA only allows approved companies such as Flashpark (brand name of Vehicle Control Solutions Ltd) to consult its ownership register.

We are confident that this way of parking control which is fully within private car park law in England and Wales will get emulated all over the world from India to the United States of America; the best news is that there are no patents actual or pending and there are, therefore, no royalties to pay anybody.