Vehicle Immobilisation History

We regard vehicle immobilisation as a subject which is slated to be merely of historical interest.
In the law of England and Wales the vehicle immobilisation procedure is grounded in the common law of centuries past whereby something called distress damage feasant which was the former ‘remedy’ for the wrong of allowing animals onto another man’s property which could justify the issue of a ‘writ.’ Essentially, it involved the aggrieved farmer or whoever to hang onto the, cattle or sheep for example, until their owner paid for every bit of damage they had done.
When the petrol engine age arrived, motor cars parked in places they were forbidden to be got the straying animal treatment as soon as ordinary folk, and not just the upper classes, owned and drove motor cars.

Vehicle immobilisation by use of the dreaded clamp started in earnest in Britain in the year 1998. The whole procedure caused huge amounts of upset and bad feelings leading, inevitably, to verbal and even physical confrontations between the vehicle owners/drivers and the clamping operatives.
Poorly regulated working practices rapidly gave the companies involved bad names; banding together into industrial groups largely failed to give the desired official veneer to the controversial industry.
The alternatives to the clamp included such methods as:

  • Towing
  • Parking tickets
  • Informing ticket issuing companies who then fine the motorist.

None of these were both fast and efficient and they sometimes used what is now called snail mail.
The optimum answer
Flashpark is proud to have innovated the use of the miracle of the world wide web whereby non-physical actions to ‘negatively condition’ the nosey parker is the method of choice.
Essentially, the property owner sends a digital photograph to Flashpark electronically (no snail mail!) and the latter, being licensed to do so, consults the DVLA register to contact the registered owner and transmit the terrible news about the fine.
Looking at the past
Wheel clamps started vehicle large scale immobilisation in the United States of America soon after the second world war with the Denver clamp which was widespread but had flaws.
In total there have been nearly two dozen types, including self-release in return for payment via card.
The Internet is the solution, as in so many other avenues of life. Flashpark conducts intensive research on ways and means of protecting the property owner while concurrently respecting the dignity of the motorist.
We are ever open to discussion and suggestion.