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Why Should I Bother Appeal Againsting Parking Fines?

Article by Arnnold Dalton

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.

It is an overuse turning into misuse. Councils are now controlling the parking ticket collection instead of the police, this itself is creates an element of doubt in a motorists mind. Can you imagine that in 2001, 794,851 tickets were issued all over the country but in 2005, collection was up and above for 3,402,860 parking offences were found and charged immediately. They have been skillfuly directed away from all the possible funds which would improve the condition of the road and would make a motorist’s life a little better.

The top 5 towns that recorded the highest no. of parking tickets issuance are Birmingham, Brighton & Hove, Manchester, Liverpool, and Nottingham with their 176,382, 160,018, 136,005, 92,642 and 75,350 parking tickets respectively. According to the National Parking Adjudication Service who deals with motorist’s appeals, councils must not play “fast and loose” with the ticket’s legal restrictions.

When with a local council the appeal process has been exhausted, it is the NPAs who come into the picture and deal with the appeals.

With the help of Parking Ticket Appeal Service as much as 57% of all motorist appeals have their cases to the NPAs. Infact, one can win even without going to the NPAs for that matter.

Decriminalized parking came to vogue with the Traffic Act of 1991, after which councils had the power to impose parking restriction in their areas and charge parking fines. Since then, each year there has been a rise in the affine amounts and increase in the ruthlessness and deviousness of the traffic wardens and councils. There exist stories of cars with painted double lines underneath having to pay a hefty amount as a fine.

So many indiscreet drivers have faced the plight of the bleak ticket collectors at parking lots. At times, drivers just go in to pick up a few articles or make a payment, by the time they return, they have already been fined.

Usually, a faltering driver leaves a wrong or less amount into the pay and display machines. Being fined for this very reason is really unacceptable. It 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.

In such cases appealing is the best way forward. Do not ever think that the council is always right since usually they impose parking regulations blindly and only the act of appealing can stop them from harassing people like this.

Moreover, keep in mind that the traffic wardens are always under pressure from the local council to issue parking tickets to as many motorists as possible. Hence, most of the tickets issued have no legal basis whatsoever, precisely why you have more chances of winning your appeal if you know the loopholes.

Many do not take the trouble of appealing since they fear that the appeal letter to be written is an extremely lengthy and complicated one. But the fact is that what is needed is just a simple and basic letter that can cancel all your tickets. Countless websites exist to help you in this regard by drafting the letter for you and providing templates and samples.

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.

Some of the reasons might be that you were not the driver, probably your car was stolen, you might have suffered a break down or it may even be that there wasn’t enough instruction regarding parking given in that area. Remember, whatever you say, providing photographic evidence always works in your favour.

Please visit http://www.cancelmyticket.co.uk for more information. Find out about Parking Appeals. Find out more information about Unfair Parking Ticket charges from this site.










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