Few simple ways to avoid paying parking fines 1

It’s very frustrating when you park your car and return to see a parking ticket on it. Many drivers pay this without even realising that they could indeed fight the ticket and avoid the charge. An estimated 8 million penalty charge notices are issued each year. This is an enormous amount, with very little of them being challenged. Why is that? If you was to ask the general answers would be that they don’t want to deal with the hassle of an appeal or that they believe they actually have any grounds for one. That isn’t always the case.

Many people don’t even realise that in numerous situations they can indeed successfully fight their appeal. There are many situations where you can feel confident about contesting your penalty charge notice.  For example the parking bay could be too small where you received a parking fine. The law states that from the edge of the curb to the white line on the outer edge of the parking bay, the measurement should be 1.62m at least. With a parking bay not reaching this minimum requirement, you can have your parking ticket rescinded.

If you have to make a delivery and your waiting on a single yellow line, you have the right to load or unload your vehicle. Unless a sign specifics otherwise, you can do this for a period of 20 minutes. If there is a sign then lines have to be marked on the kerbs which are 90 degrees to the road. Any tickets issued for this case are not valid.

If the bays have incorrect road markings then your parking ticket can be cancelled. Certain road markings that are wrongly designed on the road don’t comply with the under the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002. Therefore check exactly the road markings of the bay and see if they are correctly marked. Remember that all disabled bays must be accompanied by a sign. If the bay doesn’t have a sign then a penalty charge notice cannot be issued.

One important thing to remember is that if you do decide to fight your penalty charge notice, you lose the opportunity to pay half the cost before the 2 week limit. Unless you are confident in your appeal then it’s a good idea to pay the half charge that is offered and save yourself money.

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