Parking holes – five tips to help you cancel fines

PARKING penalties can set you back hundreds of pounds – but there are ways to get away with an unfair fee.

Here are our top five tips for getting good parking canceled.

Parking fines are more common than ever - but that doesn't mean you always have to pay


Parking fines are more common than ever – but that doesn’t mean you always have to pay

Despite the pandemic, the past two years have seen Britons slapped with Enter parking ticket number.

According to the RAC Foundation, 1.95 million motorists were fined in just the first three months of the 2021/22 financial year.

Although fines are capped at £100, repeat offenders can quickly add to a huge amount of debt – and Ignore a parking notice could land you with an even bigger fine.

But there are ways to get out of paying.

Here are five ways to get around a parking fine after a yellow note appears on your windshield.

If you’re going to appeal, don’t pay

Parking tickets tend to double in price after 14 days, but once you’ve paid, you can’t appeal.

So if you want to get out of it, you double the risk.

But you can avoid paying it altogether, so if you feel confident, you might have to take that gamble.

Check ticketing time

A key loophole for motorists getting fined is that if your ticket was issued more than two weeks after the alleged violation, it’s invalid.

That’s under the Freedom Protection Act 2012.

You’d be lucky for a board or private company to let such a new error occur, but with tickets so common these days, it’s always worth checking.

The three-minute rule

As of 2015, the law states that any parking violation committed within three minutes of a driver’s arrival cannot be penalized.

Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) issued during that time are not valid.

If you can prove that’s the case for your ticket, appeal.

You didn’t stay too long unwelcome

Private parking lots seem to be increasingly demanding on how long motorists can stay.

And that could lead them to penalize you without checking your right to think about your decision – and the grace period.

According to the British Parking Association’s Code of Practice, a 5-minute review period and a 10-minute extension are allowed.

So if you’re penalized for staying 75 minutes when you’re only paying for an hour, you have grounds to appeal.

Your ticket is not showing

Parking attendants don’t tend to spend too much time inspecting a vehicle before they put a ticket down, especially in a crowded parking lot.

That means they could miss your ticket if it’s hidden or dropped on the dashboard.

If that applies to you, simply send the council a photocopy of your valid ticket and your fine will be refunded.

Citizens Advice recommends appealing if you have any doubts about the fairness of your ticket.

The consumer charity writes: “You are free to make an informal appeal by contacting whoever gave you a parking ticket, so it is well worth a try.

“You can’t be taken to court on an informal appeal, so your credit rating won’t be affected.”

We wrote about you well can face double parking.

Angry motorists have accused their councils paint yellow lines BELOW their vehicle – before paying the £70 fine.

And we warned about the potential danger of a The bailiff knocks on your door door if you refuse to pay your parking ticket and don’t plan to appeal.

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Caroline Bleakley

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