Drivers urged to appeal parking fines as it ‘stops the clock’ on receiving higher fees

Martin Lewis explains council and private company parking fines

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Peter O’Driscoll, Managing Director at RingGo warned drivers would not face the higher charge if their appeal was unsuccessful. It means drivers have nothing to lose in appealing their parking fine when issued a charge in controversial circumstances.

He told Express.co.uk: “My guidance is if you haven’t paid full stop then you need to pay the fine, you’ve abused the space you’re using.

“But if you’ve got extenuating circumstances, say for example you put in the wrong number plate but you’ve paid to park.

“Then my advice is as soon as you get the parking fine do appeal it

“You’ve got 10 or 14 working days I think now to appeal a parking fine before it goes to the next charge level.

“You can appeal at any stage of the process but the fine doubles or increases once you hit the 14 days.

“If you feel you have a genuine reason, you attempted to pay or there has been a genuine error you should appeal as soon as you get the fine because that stops the clock running.

“If your appeal is unsuccessful you don’t occur the higher fine charge.”

Data from AMT Auto has previously warned drivers can be successful in appealing parking fines.

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They found Newcastle Council was the most lenient with 66 percent of appeals getting overturned.

Liverpool was also found to be lenient with 63 percent of penalties being changed after the driver appealed the decision.

Cardiff, Bristol and Leeds were also found to overturn at least half of their total parking appeals.

Mr O’Driscoll said councils usually have a “sensible policy’ and warned they were “not out to get the motorist”.

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