Park up wisely

Don’t let a park­ing ticket ruin your day…

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Marketplace -

Last year, the rac found that 17,137 park­ing tick­ets were is­sued ev­ery day in the months lead­ing up to Christ­mas. So if you’re landed with a ticket, here’s what can you do…

1 Most of us never con­test park­ing tick­ets. But did you know that over half of ap­peals win? So if you feel you have a good case, fight back!

2 If you’ve been tick­eted at a su­per­mar­ket as the tills were busy and you were only a few min­utes late, speak to the store man­ager. Most of them can get the ticket can­celled.

3 In most cases, as long as you’re parked legally in the first place, you shouldn’t be fined within 10 min­utes of your paid-for time ex­pir­ing. Coun­cils must now of­fer a 10-minute ex­cess pe­riod and most (but not all!) pri­vate firms have signed up to that, too.

4 Ex­cess Charge No­tices and Fixed Penalty No­tices come un­der crim­i­nal law, so ap­peal­ing will be an en­tirely dif­fer­ent process.

5 Which.co.uk has a bril­liant tool to help you ap­peal your ticket, but make sure you al­ways have a good rea­son be­fore wast­ing your time.

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