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There are not many of us who can confidently say they haven’t been issued a parking ticket at some point during their motoring lives, but not everyone feels that a ticket is justified and it can be incredibly frustrating if you are at the receiving end.
An estimated 60 per cent of appeals against parking tickets are upheld so it’s definitely worth fighting an unfair ticket – a little time spent preparing your claim could save you cash and if you gain a positive result, it will make you feel a lot better too.
Barrie Segal from Appealnow.com has offered some tips on how to fight an unfair ticket and his first point is to encourage motorists to stay calm. “There’s no point appealing if you’re bang to rights with no mitigating circumstances or it’s not unfair. If when you get the ticket the attendant is still there, explain why you believe the ticket to be incorrect and ask them to record what you say. If they refuse, make a formal complaint.” He said.
Barrie’s second tip is to suggest that motorists examine the ticket carefully, he points out that for a ticket to be lawful the date of issue and contravention must be shown on the actual parking ticket as opposed to the tear-off section. Furthermore, details such as your vehicle’s registration number, colour, the date and time of ticket issue and where the contravention occurred should all be correct.
Your next move should be to gather evidence to support your parking ticket claim. For example if the parking signs and road lines were not clear, take photos to illustrate this. You must also note whether the street lights were on and the type of weather conditions which occurred at the time of the alleged offence.
As soon as you have all of this information Barrie suggests you appeal immediately without waiting for the ticket to become payable in full. Within your claim, make sure that you include the following: