HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY APPEAL A PARKING TICKET

Parking tickets are a nuisance. Some are issued fairly and many are not.

You need to prove your case on the balance of probabilities and beyond reasonable doubt to successfully appeal a parking ticket.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A COUNCIL PARKING TICKET AND A PRIVATE PARKING TICKET?

Private parking tickets are called Parking Charge Notices (PCNs) and are invoices for a breach of contract on private land.

These invoices are deliberately designed to look like an official Council issued Penalty Charge Notice. Private parking operators use legalese jargon to intimidate and force you to pay an invoice for an alleged breach of contract.

A private parking operator cannot fine you. A private parking operator must belong to an accredited Trade Association to access keeper details from the DVLA. They must adhere to the Trade Association’s Code of Practice to do so.

COUNCIL PARKING TICKETS

Council parking tickets are called Penalty Charge Notices. These are legally enforceable and are fines issued by local authorities for infringements on public highways.

WHAT IF THE PRIVATE PARKING OPERATOR IS NOT A MEMBER OF THE BPA OR IPC?

Check to see if the private parking operator is a member of the British Parking Association (BPA) or International Parking Community (IPC).

The private parking operator cannot access the DVLA database if they are not a member. They rely on you contacting them to find out who the keeper is! Do not contact them as they do not know who the vehicle belongs to.

REASONS TO APPEAL A PARKING TICKET

Local authorities and private parking operators rarely do anything right or by the book. Evidence is key on all appeals. It is therefore important that you keep all receipts, photos, screenshots of a payment confirmation and any evidence you have to support an appeal.

You can apply various mitigating factors on parking tickets and an appeal.

Always try and contact the landowner first and NOT the private parking operator. For example, write to the Manager if the landowner is a supermarket car park and play on the loyalty factor with receipts to prove that you are a loyal customer.

You made a mistake inputting your car registration number. Proof of payment is all that is required.

Dyslexia is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010. Parking ticket meters and ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras do not take that into account. One of my followers saved £85 on that point by reading my book. That was money well spent!

The most popular appeal relates to obscure and hidden signs. All signs need to be clearly visible and to a prescribed criteria so you can make an informed decision. It cannot be said that you were given sufficient guidance to make an informed decision if this is the case.

The meter was broken or your car had broken down.

You were involved in an emergency or the ticket had fallen off the windscreen.

Illegal signs = illegal fines.

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PARKING TICKET APPEAL TEMPLATE LETTER

The template to contest a parking fine in the UK is as follows (amend to suit):

Dear Sir/Madam

Subject: Penalty Charge Notice/Fixed Penalty Notice [delete as applicable] [reference details] [date] 

I write to you in respect of the above Penalty Charge Notice issued to my vehicle which was issued for the alleged reason (description).

I wish to appeal it as the contravention did not occur for the following reasons:

(List reasons)

All signs need to be clearly visible and to a prescribed criteria so motorists can make an informed decision. If a sign is obscured and unclear, it cannot be said that the car park / road was adequately signed. I therefore cannot be found guilty of the alleged contravention.

I request that your authority therefore provide me with details of: 

The Traffic Parking Tribunal  (England and Wales)
PATAS (London)
NI Traffic Penalty Tribunal (Northern Ireland)
Scottish Parking Appeals Service (Scotland)

I enclose photos and supporting evidence to support my appeal for consideration.

I look forward to receiving confirmation that the ticket has been cancelled within 28 days.

Yours faithfully

You have a 1 in 4 chance of being hit with a parking ticket. Do you know how to successfully appeal a parking ticket? Did you win your appeal? It’s time for motorists to fight back.

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