Parking fine secrets every driver must know to have a chance to avoid paying

Parked cars
Parked cars -Credit:Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

One of the most exasperating experiences for drivers is returning to their vehicle only to find a parking fine slapped on the windscreen, especially when they believe they've done nothing wrong. However, motorists are now being advised on immediate actions to take upon discovering a parking fine, which could potentially save them from paying if they decide to appeal and can prove they were unjustly or harshly penalised.

Data indicates that drivers have a decent chance of successfully contesting penalties if they can substantiate their claims of innocence. This is despite many drivers not bothering to appeal due to the inconvenience or the assumption that they won't win.

Therefore, it's vital that drivers are aware of these tips to enhance their chances of winning an appeal. The most crucial step is to document the scene immediately, as much as one might be tempted to simply drive off in a huff.

READ MORE: Outfit rules that could see Ryanair, TUI and other passengers stopped from flying

Use your mobile phone to capture images of anything that could be pertinent, such as signs, malfunctioning or non-operational parking meters, the time, or any other details that parking attendants may have overlooked or gotten wrong, reports Birmingham Live.

Having photographic proof can significantly bolster your chances of a successful appeal. This is particularly true if you believe you've been unjustly penalised, perhaps for dropping someone off or during a medical emergency.

Data provided to us last year revealed that a staggering 69% of parking appeals (4,280 out of 6,181) in Sandwell were successful since the beginning of 2021 - over two thirds. The success rate was also relatively high in Walsall and Dudley, at 45% and 43% respectively.

This underscores the point that it's always worth lodging an appeal if you believe you haven't done anything wrong or have a valid reason for being parked where you were.

Get daily headlines and breaking news emailed to you - it’s FREE