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Local Authorities That Accept – And Reject – The Highest Percentage of Parking Ticket Appeals Revealed

Basingstoke Council most likely to cancel ticket

Motorists in England that challenge local council parking tickets face a postcode lottery that influences the chance of success, a Press Association Freedom of Information Request suggested. Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, for example, received 566 challenges between January - October 2016. It accepted 540 (95.4%).

Runnymede Council proved less forgiving. In the same period, it received 1,011 challenges and accepted 93 (9.2%). The tables below confirm which authorities accepted the most, and least, challenges.

Most Challenges Accepted By Percentage
PositionCouncilNumber of Challenges ReceivedNumber of Challenges AcceptedPercentages of Challenges Accepted
1Basingstoke and Deane56654095.4%
2Waveney22616472.6%
3South Tyneside 2,0741,47471.1%
4Swale4,7213,34270.8%
5Mole Valley22414464.3%
Least Challenges Accepted By Percentage
PositionCouncilNumber of Challenges ReceivedNumber of Challenges AcceptedPercentages of Challenges Accepted
1Runnymede1,011939.2%
2Staffordshire4,60647810.4%
3Sefton4,83265013.5%
4Peterborough2,78441014.7%
5Greenwich5,9091,01817.2%

Council takes “pragmatic approach”

Council representatives at each extreme of the tables explained their ratings. Basingstoke and Deane Councillor, Simon Bound – who works for the most forgiving council - said: "We take a pragmatic approach, which means we see a very low number of formal appeals.”

“We consider each case carefully, taking into account individual circumstances. Parking enforcement is a means of educating, not punishing motorists. Our priority is ensuring motorists park correctly and safely”, Mr Bound concluded.

Runnymede justifies high challenge rejection rate

A Runnymede Council spokesperson explained why so few of its appeals succeeded. She said: "Statistics provided relate to street matters only, which often refer to yellow lines and dropped kerbs”. 

“This, therefore, means there aren't very often cases which are open to much ambiguity. We use our own staff to carry out enforcement - who are experienced and well trained in the role – and therefore only issue notices where it is required", she argued.

Industry expert criticises overzealous wardens

Managing Editor at MoneySavingExpert.com, Guy Anker, said: “If the councils accepting the fewest challenges are wrongly rejecting claims it’s an absolute disgrace. We hear so many stories from motorists who are victims of overzealous parking wardens”, he said.

“Often the real problem is really poor, terrible, signing. People are often completely bamboozled. Can I park here or can I not?”

Mr Anker explained that motorists which unsuccessfully appeal parking tickets can refer to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal; an independent body. Roughly 50% are successful, he explained. “I would encourage everyone who feels they are being harshly treated by their council to make an appeal to the independent arbitrator.”