A DRIVEN was fined for illegal parking, despite alerting the police that his truck had been stolen.
John, from Woodford Green, London, reported his truck stolen and after it was recovered he was surprised to learn he still had to pay the parking fine.
According to the report of Wales online, the local council agreed that the illegal parking was not John’s fault but that he would not be exempt from paying the parking fine.
John’s truck, a Mercedes Sprinter, was stolen near his home in Woodford Green but was eventually found and John was able to retrieve the truck from Romford Road, Stratford.
When John went to pick up the truck, he found it parked on the double yellow line and on the windshield with a parking ticket.
This came as a surprise to John because the windshield of his car had the words “police aware”, meaning the police were aware of the crime.
John called the council to explain his situation but they refused to cancel the ticket without payment.
He enlisted the help of Azolvur, a company specializing in anti-parking tickets.
Azolvur and parking law expert Shaf Jade, who represent John, said appeals are often denied the first time in the hope that drivers will give up and simply pay the fine.
“There were 5.2 million parking tickets issued across London between 2020 and 2021,” he said.
“Only 0.6% of the tickets were appealed, but 40% of the appealed tickets were withdrawn or discounted.
“The problem is not the parking fine, the problem is not appealing it.”
John’s, the parking ticket was eventually cancelled, but you don’t have to go down the route thanks to a claims team working on your behalf.
Fighting a parking ticket that you think is unfair is something you can do yourself.
What are your benefits?
You have your full rights to parking ticket painting.
Most parking tickets will be 50% off if paid in 14 days.
It is hoped that drivers will simply pay fines quickly rather than appeal.
James Andrews, senior personal finance editor at money.co.uk “If you have been fined by a public official and want to challenge it, it is essential to follow the formal process for appeals,” said.
“Tickets are backed by law, so failing to do so properly could land you in criminal court.
“If you decide to appeal the fine, this period will be closed until the appeal is resolved – so make sure you get written confirmation that you won’t run out of time. before doing anything.”
If you skip a parking ticket, your ticket could go up by 50% and you could be charged additional court fees.
How to appeal a parking ticket?
First you need to check the type of parking ticket you have received.
If you have a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN), this means your board has been fined.
You can visit your board’s website, which will have a section on challenging fines.
If not, you can write to the council directly or call them to take next steps.
ONE Fixed penalty notice (FPN) can come from your council or the police, so double check who issued it.
If it’s a board, follow the same rules as a PCN.
If it is the police, contact your local station for how to appeal a ticket.
Notice of parking fee of usually granted on private land or private parking.
You will need to check if the parking company is part of an accredited trade association (ATA).
Check on British Parking Association (BPA) or International Parking Community (IPC) websites to check.
If so, contact the company directly to file a ticket claim.
If not, don’t contact them first as they won’t have your details.
Only ATA members can contact the DVLA to obtain your name and address.
If you received something in a post from a non-ATA member, they may have illegally obtained your details and you can file a complaint with the DVLA.
Here are four tips for get your parking ticket canceled.
Little known rule parking fines.
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