New parking regulations come into force today as new figures reveal that over two thirds of parking tickets appealed in 2006 were cancelled.
The new rules in England and Wales will let councils use CCTV footage to enforce rules – so you could get a parking ticket through the post rather than finding it on your windscreen.
The changes also see parking attendants (parking wardens) being rebranded as ‘civil enforcement officers’.
Under the new rules, it should be easier to appeal against a ticket as it’s possible for your case to be heard over the phone.
Figures out today from the National Parking Adjudication Service (NPAS) – which hears appeals for Wales and England, excluding London – show that motorists who do appeal have a good chance of winning their case.
In 2006, 68% of all appeals received went in the driver’s favour and in most of these the council failed to offer any evidence. The proportion of appeals won by the driver is far higher than in 2005, when the figure was 57%.
The figures show that councils vary hugely with, for instance, 87% of appeals against Birmingham City Council going in the driver’s favour.
In 2006, parking attendants issued 3.5 million tickets – up from 3.4 million the previous year.
The number of appeals is far below the number of tickets that drivers will have challenged. You can appeal to the adjudication service only after you’ve been through the process of challenging a fine with the council that issued the ticket, which can take months.
It’s also been announced that NPAS will be replaced by a new body, the Traffic Penalty Tribunal, which covers England (outside London) and Wales.
And a new website on parking and traffic regulations will offer advice and help, including details about the process of challenging a parking ticket, or traffic fine, such as a bus lane fine.
The site, called Patrol, also includes tips on how to avoid a parking ticket and links to the parking web pages of every council in the scheme.
Transport Minister Rosie Winterton said: ‘Parking rules exist to help beat congestion and improve road safety. These regulations will help make parking enforcement fairer, clearer and more open.’
For more information about appealing a parking ticket, take a look at our guide.