Parking fines - why it pays to appeal
Read our report based on a study (desk research) of the 2012 figures reported by PATAS, Traffic Penalty Tribunal and the London Council in their annual reporting about parking
Findings show that 8,461,916 parking tickets issued in England and Wales in 2012. Of these, 69,921 were appealed and a staggering 35,816 were upheld – that is almost 1 in 2, so it pays to appeal a parking fine if you think it has been awarded unfairly.
• In the City of London (Square Mile) for example, there were 60,256 parking tickets issued in 2012. Of these, just 1590 were appealed and only 19 were still made to pay. A staggering 99% of people who appealed were let off. So resolver.co.uk’s message is ‘it pays to appeal’!
• Resolver’s research also reveals top ten areas where people have been successful in appealing charges (see fig 1, below). It clearly shows that in most cases nearly half of the people who appealed did not have to pay the charge. In some areas as much as 60% of appeals were upheld.
|Transport for London||3679||326,261||1758||48%|
|City of London||1590||60,256||1647||104%|
• The study shows a staggering difference between those councils who aggressively hand out tickets to bump up revenues and those who don’t. Westminster Council, for example, issues one ticket every minute, while the likes of South and North Derbyshire District Council are only handing out, on average, one ticket a day. At £60 per parking ticket this amounts to a £28m cash cow for Westminster Council.
|Transport for London||894||37|
|Kensington & Chelsea||492||21|
|COUNCIL||PER DAY||PER HOUR|
• The study also highlighted the fact that people in some parts of the country simply don’t appeal parking fines. In London, appeals run into thousands, literally a handful of people appealed charges in Rossendale, Warwickshire, Derbyshire, Norfolk and Nuneaton. The study shows those parts of the Country where people are the laziest in appealing a parking fine. It clearly shows that despite a number of tickets issued, motorists are just accepting the charge. Looking at appeals in other areas, resolver.co.uk suggests it pays to appeal (Fig 3).
|Breckland District Council||1||514||1|
|Nuneaton & Bedworth||-||925||0|
• The Study showed where outside of London the most parking tickets were issued were (Fig 4). Again, in most cases nearly half of the people who appealed against their parking offence did not have to pay the bill.
|Brighton & Hove||646||116,097||0.56%||338|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||320||68,246||0.47%||123|
James Walker, the founder of resolver.co.uk commented, “our study shows that it pays to complain and appeal about a parking ticket if you feel it has been awarded unfairly. It also highlights the aggressive tactics of some councils to simply use parking charges to bump revenues in a complete disregard for motorists’ rights. Our advice is to use our app to complain as soon as you get a ticket – especially if you feel you are in the right! It won’t cost you a penny and with our service we record all the communication in a case file and even escalate the case to the Parking Adjudicator if necessary.
“In our view, by appealing you are helping the councils to improve the fairness of the system and to stamp out any rogue parking attendants who are just looking to improve their numbers.”