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Do We have The right To Appeal Against Parking Fines?

Article by Denver Friquin

In recent times the parking tickets issued has seen a four times increase which means 1 motorist out of every ten is going to be ticketed. And what with the financial crisis all around, the government is also thinking on the lines of doubling the parking fine amounts. One often tends to wonder whether all these are done for road safety and effective traffic flow.

The year 2005 saw 3,402,860 parking tickets to be issued which was 19% more than that of 2004 and a lot higher than the 794,851 mark set during the 2000 – 2011 time frame, a time wherein the work of enforcing parking regulations was shifted from the police to the local councils. It is a common belief that in the name of road safety, it is just a mere instrument for the councils to earn some extra revenue as parking fines are not a ring fenced component where the money has to come back to the local transport.

On the ticket-busters chart; Birmingham leads (176,382) while as Brighton & Hove (160,018), Manchester (136,005), Liverpool (92,642) and Nottingham (75,350) lag behind. The National Parking Adjudication Services are meant to deal with appeals that the people who receive fine make for it to cancel out. But, the council states that it must be strict just for the sake of security of the motorists traveling through the city everyday.

It is the NPAs who deal with the appeal once the appeal process has been exhausted with the local council.

When the councils are approached by ticket appeal companies, there is a 100% chance it will just pass without finding its way into the NPAS at all. 2006 was a lucky year, 57% appeals won at the NPAS.

The term decriminalized parking refers to the authority of the councils to enforce parking restrictions in its area and charge higher fine amounts. This came into practice with the Traffic Act of 1991 and since then, both the parking fine amounts as well as the ruthlessness and deviousness of the councils and traffic wardens has been on the rise every year. Cars with painted double lines underneath have also been heard of paying hefty fines.

Sometimes, motorists who have simply gone to get change for paying for their tickets are issued parking tickets by the immoral traffic wardens. NPAs have criticized the councils on this immoral conduct.

Moreover, it may be the case that the the motorist is stuck at the pay and display machines, behind an indecisive driver, in which case the fine should be pardoned.

As the NPAS says: “Some councils hold the unbending belief that the motorist’s duty is to have the right change in his possession before entering the car park – whatever the circumstances.” Others appear to regard the act of going for change as a contravention in its own right. “This is not the case.” So it is usual to get a parking fine whatever the individual circumstances are.

Appealing is by far the best thing to do in these situations, since one must realize that councils are almost always wrong as they blindly apply parking regulations and only appealing can stop them from such motorist harassment.

The fact is that the local councils always pressurize the traffic wardens to issue as many parking tickets a possible which is essentially the reason behind the issuance of so many illegal parking tickets. However, the knowledge of this should make your chances of winning all the more high.

Most of the motorists do not end up appealing since they believe they have to write a lengthy and complicated appeal letter. But this is not true. A simple and basic letter is enough to cancel any parking ticket and countless websites and other agencies exist to help you draft this letter along with providing you with samples and templates of the same.

Firstly, you need to draft an appeal letter in short and simple paragraphs that comes across in a polite manner without having any rude words or too much technical terms. Write your message in short and simple paragraphs that are easy to read and understand. Start by stating that you have been ticketed wrongly in your introductory para with your justifications following in the later ones.

In the following paragraphs, state reasons why you think you have been wrongly ticketed. Reasons can be that your car was stolen, or you were not the driver in that case, your car might have suffered a breakdown or there weren’t enough signs or markings regarding parking instructions on the road. Whatever be it, keep in mind that photographic proof always maximizes your chances of winning any appeal.

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