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Should More Motorists Challenge Parking Tickets?

Should More Motorists Challenge Parking Tickets?

 

MPs on the Commons Transport Committee have argued that motorists should take a risk and challenge their parking fines. Recent figures show that just 1% of tickets are taken to a tribunal by drivers.



Under proposed changes by MPs, drivers would be awarded a 25% discount after an unsuccessful appeal if they pay up within 7 days. Drivers would also be given “five minutes grace” after their parking tickets expire before facing fines.

In the wake of recent figures showing that English councils are set to make £635 million profit from parking enforcement, MPs have advised councils to publish their annual parking-charge accounts if they wished to dispel the notion that drivers are being used as “cash cows”.

Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, welcomed the idea of councils publishing their figures, saying it would "illuminate what many drivers regard as the murky world of parking policy".

"Parking charges are not inherently wrong but they need to be fair, and where penalties are levied they should be proportionate to the 'crime' committed.

"Local authorities are struggling with huge financial pressures but so are drivers. It is unacceptable that car users should be singled out as an easy way of shoring up shrinking budgets."