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Almost half of parking penalties overturned on appeal

New figures show the merits of challenging parking and bus lane fines, with almost half of drivers winning their appeals to local authorities.

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Four out of 10 driver appeals on parking and bus lane infringements are successful.

The figures obtained by the BBC show four out of 10 appeals to hundreds of councils across the UK over the last five years led to fines being cancelled.

Basingstoke and Deane council overturned fines in 90% of appeals while Aberdeenshire had the highest rate of successful appeals in Scotland, overturning 70% of challenged fines.

In response, the RAC labelled the data as “frightening”, saying it showed drivers were “right to appeal” while the Local Government Association said the figures proved councils had an “effective” appeal process.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.