Apart from speed cameras parking is probably one of the most irritating subjects among drivers in the UK. You know you were only going to be 2 minutes on those double yellows, or you were just 5 minutes late back to the paid car park and the traffic warden got there first and you have no option but to pay up.
However, now drivers are able to appeal their tickets according to recent guidelines set by the Traffic Penalty Tribunal (TPT). This is an independent body that decides appeals against parking fines in England and Wales, including Penalty Change Notices (PCNs) and bus-lane penalties.
A recent report has shown that the TPT chose in favour of the driver in more than half of the parking ticket appeals. The process is relatively easy and the adjudicator often makes a decision over the telephone or by email, so the driver does not have to be present.
Drivers must be aware though that going to the TPT is the final stage in the appeals process and they must have gone through all the preceding stages first. This means things like the council must have served you the PCN either in person or through the post, you must challenge the penalty in writing with formal representations to the council and they must have sent you a letter saying the challenge has been rejected.
So there is hope out there for those who have received parking tickets.