Getting a parking ticket is probably the worse thing that can happen after you come back to your car. It usually leaves you with two options, firstly to pay the huge fine or in some cases appeal the ticket. But keep in mind that it is something that will not go away and if the council has to send Bailiffs to collect it from you, then each ticket you ignore will cost you an extra fortune.
Especially with the financial crunch all around one should save funds as much as possible and this is exactly why appealing is becoming a popular alternative. Ultimately there’s little chance of you losing anything here except probably your postage stamp cost and the time taken to mail to the local council.
A common mistake is paying the fine before appealing as this translates to you giving up your appealing right in the eyes of the law. If you have paid via credit card, you might ask the bank or the credit card company to reverse the charge but otherwise, you would have to go to a small claims court for which you have time till 6 years after getting the parking ticket.
Have a look at the parking ticket issued to you and you will find the process of an appeal written on it. There will also be the postal address where the appeal may be sent and sometimes an email address too to email the appeal.
Many wrongly believe the appeal letter to be a lengthy and hugely complicated affair but essentially it is not so. One just needs to write a simple and easy letter which will help cancel your ticket.
Your appeal letter should consist of short paragraphs which are constructed with simple words and is to the point in nature without being too technical or threatening.
Your introduction should ideally consist of the message that you have been issued a ticket by mistake and that you would like to appeal for the same.
* I was not the driver
* At that point of time the car was stolen.
* The alleged breach of regulation did not happen and the traffic warden got it wrong
* There was insufficient road marking and signage
* My car faced a breakdown
* I can’t afford the fine
More reasons can be added to make your appeal more effective and to add some extra weightage.
Photographic proof works as best form of evidence coupled with a few points of law.
A good idea is to send copies of the original letter and that too via recorded delivery channels.
If you are still plagued with confusion and doubts regarding whether to appeal or not or how to appeal, etc, you can take either of the two avenues of either sitting in front of your computers for hours at a stretch researching on the subject or go to an online company who would help you appeal your parking ticket and give you all the information that you need.
Personal help might be provided by them to you for your appeal purposes. With this you can expect 100% chance of being successful since in any case two-third of all motorists win their appeal cases.
Be aware that the traffic wardens function not under the police but under the local councils and hence are always under pressure to give out as many parking tickets as they can. Undoubtedly, it is an extremely lucrative source of earning some extra revenue from the council’s point of view.
It should be mentioned at this point that privately issued parking tickets should not be bothered about since they would never drag you to court. These look similar to the parking tickets issued by the councils and never stop pestering you with threat mails but eventually they would stop after a point in time as their court fees are higher than the fine amount you owe to them.
Another point to be noted in this regard is never to bother about the privately issued parking tickets. Though they might look similar to the publicly issued ones and might be followed up with several threat mails. Remember, that the fine amounts they are going to collect from you are much lower than the amount of court fees they have to pay and hence they would never ever drag you to court.
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