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.
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.