A parking ticket is usually more of a nuisance than a problem to most people and you can even get a discount if you pay early. However, what if you feel you were wrongly charged? In certain circumstances for example where the parking rules are not clear or the yellow lines were not painted well or old, you do have grounds to appeal.
So why it is then that, according to recent figures released by a Government transport committee, only about 1% of tickets given out by councils in the UK are challenged. Many drivers claim that they do not want to lose the early pay discount, which is usually around 50%, if they lose their appeal.
However, a new initiative proposed by the committee would still give a 25% discount to anyone who had appealed and lost. This would then give drivers more breathing room and effectively “stop the clock” on the fine with the council.
Another recommendation from the committee is that parking charges be frozen to give cash strapped drivers a break. The reason behind this is that it is tricky to justify the huge charge for a parking offence that is much larger than that for a more serious crime such as speeding.