Motorists win appeals over private parking fines

Parking can sometimes be extremely difficult for motorists, especially in cities where there is generally a lack of space and even car parks have small parking bays. Here at MotorQuoteDirect we have had a number of our customers claim on their motor insurance due to damaging their car while parking in a tight spot; however this is not the only danger when it comes to finding somewhere to leave your car.

Recently, there have been a number of court cases where motorists appealed against fixed penalty notices they received even though they were parked on private land. This is due to the fact that since October last year the Parking on Private Land Appeals system was launched which allowed those that felt that they had been unfairly penalised have their case heard. Since then, over four thousand people have come forward to contest a fixed penalty fine, and so far just over half of those have ended in favour of the motorist.

Discussing the appeals, Transport Minister Norman Baker said: “For a long time, motorists who felt they had been treated unfairly by parking providers operating on private land could only defend themselves in the courts, POPLA provides motorists with a free service to appeal against these tickets. This report shows that motorists are using this new, free appeals service in significant numbers and, in more than half of cases, having their appeals upheld.”

Meanwhile, London Council’s corporate director of services Nick Lester said: “This new appeals scheme provides an independent appeals service for motorists to be settled in a fair and transparent way.” At the moment the scheme is mainly focussed on motorists living in the London area, and members of London Councils are running the scheme on behalf of the British Parking Association. However, it’s not just London that is experiencing problems when it comes to finding space for parking, and as the UK’s population is rising this is something most cities will have to deal with in the next few years.

This is one of the reasons why MPs are urging people to make more use of public transport in their area or start commuting to work by bicycle, especially in big cities. However, many commuters have complained that public transport is often unreliable and that most facilities are already overcrowded.

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