Four out of ten parking ticket appeals are successful
True story - not so long ago, I received a ticket for parking on a street in a marked parking bay, within the time limit allowed. I complained, and learnt that the traffic warden had completely fabricated the reason for ticketing me; his notes placed my car 20 metres further up the street, "parked on double yellow lines". It came down to my word against theirs, but I managed to have the ticket overturned on a technicality - I pointed out there were no double yellow lines in the street, only single yellow lines. Utter, utter, utter bastard.
Yes, they're people too, but I'll wager ten English pounds that the crooked traffic warden I encountered isn't the only one in the country. Most of us feel wronged when we receive a ticket, and sometimes rightly so. Good news then, from the National Office of Statistics, because as many as ten per cent of the tickets dished out by local authorities last year were successfully appealed.
The figures show that even though nearly 20 percent of drivers received a parking ticket in the last year, only three out of ten people appealed. Nearly 40 per cent of these appeals were successful, which means that if everyone appealed against their tickets, close to four out of ten would be ripped up.
The moral of the story is that if you think you've been hard done by, it's worth standing your ground and sticking it to the Man.