Motorists are in for a summer of parking ticket misery with a record number of fines issued to cars in private car parks

Motorists are in for a summer of parking ticket misery with a record number of fines issued to cars in private car parks.

Earlier this year, the government announced the Private Parking Code of Regulations to tackle overcharging, misleading signs and aggressive tactics that lead to motorists paying hefty fines.

But news of the proposed rules, which are now on hold, has sparked a frenzy of ticket sales from private car parks, which fear their lucrative market could soon disappear.

Trouble: A record 8.6 million parking fines were issued in private car parks last year, according to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

According to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, a record 8.6 million parking tickets were issued in private car parks last year.

Over the past four years, the number of tickets has increased by 50 pieces. Only every fourth motorist bothers to appeal. However, of those who do, two out of five succeed.

If you receive a ‘parking charge notice’ on private land, you should contact the firm directly if you believe it is unfair. If this fails, you may have a further 28 days to take your case to the independent Private Land Parking Appeals Scheme.

If you receive a fine for parking in a council area, you will receive a ‘fine notice’.

If you want to appeal, you must do so within 14 days. If your appeal is refused, you can refer your case to an independent judge within 28 days.

Some of the most common reasons for a fine being canceled include missing or faulty plates, a ticketing error, incorrect information about your vehicle or parking problems.

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