Four out of ten appeals against fines for driving in bus lanes and parking illegally are successful, according to figures obtained by the BBC.
A series of Freedom of Information requests issued by the broadcaster to 245 local authorities showed that, of the 4.3 million appeals lodged between 2012 and 2017, 1.8 million were granted.
The council with the highest proportion of successful appeals was Basingstoke and Dean, where 90 per cent of 12,804 objections to fines were accepted over the course of five years.
The second-highest successful appeal rate was 83 per cent in Christchurch, followed by Nuneaton and Bedworth on 81 per cent. Meanwhile, Aberdeenshire Council overturned 70 per cent of tickets appealed against.
Speaking to the BBC, Local Government Association transport spokesman Cllr Martin Tett commented: “As these figures confirm, people who want to challenge a parking fine have access to a clear and effective appeals process.
“Councils have to strike a difficult balance when setting parking policy, to make sure that there are spaces available for residents, high streets are kept vibrant and traffic is kept moving. They also need to ensure that emergency vehicles can get access to incidents quickly.”
Simon Williams, spokesman for the RAC, also told the BBC: “These figures are frightening because they reveal that in a very high proportion of cases drivers have been right to appeal. Councils should learn from this.”
March 9, 2018