A new study has revealed the places where motorists are most likely to win a parking fine appeal.
Data obtained by Press Association from 98 councils through Freedom of Information requests revealed that some approved as few as one in 10 on-street parking fine challenges between while others accepted nearly every appeal.
Figures showed that an average of 38 per cent of parking fine appeals made to local authorities in England between January and October 2016 were successful.
Guy Anker, managing editor at MoneySavingExpert.com, 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. Often the real problem is really poor, terrible signing. People are often completely bamboozled, can I park here or can I not?”
While some councils may be geographically close, the number of appeals they accepted showed huge variation. For example, Basingstoke and Deane, Hampshire approved 540 challenges out of 566 (95 per cent) while Runnymede, Surrey – just 30 miles away – accepted only 93 out of 1,011 appeals (nine per cent).
Twenty-three per cent (635 out of 2,722), of motorists in Slough had their tickets overturned, while half an hour away in Bracknell Forest, 64 per cent (165 out of 259) were successful.
Drivers in Medway, Kent, were half as likely to have their fine cancelled, with 1,397 out of 4,307 appeals (32 per cent) succeeding than in nearby Swale, where 3,342 challenges out of 4,721(71 per cent) were accepted.