Parking appeal ‘postcode lottery’

Parking ticket stuck on car windscreen (penalty, fine, PCN)

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Almost a third of council-issued parking fine appeals are successful, according to data gathered after a Freedom of Information request by YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

However, the rate varies wildly by area. While 81 per cent of fined motorists from Basingstoke and Dean make a successful appeal, in the two London districts of Wandsworth and Havering less than 1pc of appeals are upheld.

Drivers who choose to appeal a parking ticket in Lincolnshire have an 80pc chance of winning, according to the statistics, but in Bournemouth, Preston and Swindon it’s less than 20pc.

Harrison Woods, managing director of YourParkingSpace.co.uk commented: “Receiving a parking ticket is always frustrating, whether it was deserved or not.

“And as the research shows, whether you win your appeal or not often simply comes down to where the ticket was issued.”


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In total, 190 councils responded to the company’s request for information, revealing that 24pc of all penalty charge notices are appealed, of which 31pc are successful.

Mr Woods went on to say: “Motorists want to stay within the law and we’d welcome the opportunity to work with more councils to open up their car parks to online booking.

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“It’s a win-win – it helps motorists avoid parking illegally, and for councils it results in additional revenue and a reduction in the administrative headache of PCN appeals.”

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