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One in 10 parking tickets successfully appealed

New stats show it's worth challenging tickets

It's worth appealing unfair parking tickets

It’s worth appealing unfair parking tickets

As many as 10% of the parking tickets handed out by local authorities last year were successfully appealed, according to new government figures.

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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that, in the year to December 2008, 18% of drivers received a parking ticket. Seven out of 10 did not appeal, but of those that did, nearly 40% were successful.

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Of the drivers who were issued with tickets, 37% did not accept that they had parked illegally.

Young drivers were most likely to fall foul of parking laws, the ONS said, with almost a third of 16-34 year olds receiving a ticket last year.

Richard Headland, Which? motoring editor said: ‘Many people just cough up the fine when they get a parking ticket. But if you’ve got grounds for appeal, these figures show it’s worth fighting your corner.’

If you think you’ve been unfairly fined, read the Which? guide to parking tickets. It includes information on your rights and there are sample letters you can use to appeal tickets.


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