SCOTTISH COUNCILS RAKING IN MILLIONS FROM PARKING – 07/05/2019
This article came to my attention in The Scotsman at the time of writing this which you can read here
The one thing that struck me here is that Councils have been accused of ‘playing the percentages’ to raise cash, knowing that 28% of drivers simply pay up without appealing even though they believe that they are in the right.
Councils have taken control of parking enforcement across Scotland and have raked in nearly £52.5m in the past 3 years on parking fines alone, with a 15% rise in parking fines being levied on motorists in the past 12 months.
The Councils are issuing tickets for anything and everything and the default position is that if you don’t like it you can appeal. They then hide behind legalese jargon to frustrate claims. Motorists often don’t know how to slice through it and feel intimidated to just accept it without taking the risk of losing in Court.
One disabled motorist in Paisley commented on Facebook that they got a ticket for being parked in a high street disabled bay with a blue badge clearly displayed. The meter stated that disabled parking is free, yet every car in the disabled bays had a ticket. The reason given was that they were not displaying a valid payment voucher.
This individual went straight to their MSP’s office to seek help as the Council’s policy is to pay the fine and then appeal and you might get a refund.
Parking tickets and appeals is one of my many specialities. I personally intervened for a friend recently who didn’t think she had a leg to stand on when she was caught out by an enthusiastic parking attendant on Easter Monday. I successfully won this case and saved her £60 – you can read that here
I have written about obscured signs on bus lanes which you can read here
You have a 36% chance of winning a pothole claim with Edinburgh City Council, yet I won mine within 4 weeks. You can read that here
You have a 54% chance of succeeding with a pothole claim on average across the UK, yet this rate would rise much further if motorists knew precisely how to uphold their claims.
These are my specialities and I have successfully contested numerous claims simply because it’s about time that people made a stand and took these authorities on for blatantly trying to exploit those that pay their wages.
The Financial Conduct Authority began an investigation in to car insurers towards the end of 2018 amid concerns that motorists were being fleeced by unclear and unfair pricing premiums, which you can read here
The persecution of drivers is never-ending with fuel prices, taxation, insurance rip-offs, road closures, potholes, Councils disputing legitimate claims, obscured signs on bus lanes and everything else under the guise of environmental policies. This is completely unacceptable.
I cover pothole claims, speeding tickets, parking tickets, obscured signs and much more in my book complete with templates based on real-life test cases that work now on sale via Amazon as an e-book and paperback priced £2.99 / £7.99.
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