Up to nine out of 10 appeals against parking tickets are successful, according to research from Which?
In its report on parking charges, the consumer group found that up to 90% of appeals are quashed when they go to appeal.
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The research found the London borough of Westminster issues more tickets than any other council with 687,795 handed out on 2008/2009. But a whopping 87% of drivers won when they appealed against the fines.
In Coventry 77% of the 30,561 tickets were revoked while in Hull 73% of the 24,722 drivers who were issued with fines won their appeal.
More than eight million parking tickets are issued every year in the UK and nearly half come from local authorities in London.
The figures suggest parking tickets are being handed out unfairly and unnecessarily. But Lee Rowley, a councillor in Westminster claimed the figures were not a reflection of wrongly issued tickets. Rather, he claimed that evidence provided by the driver later shows an exemption applied.
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Which? compiled the research by using a Freedom of Information Act to request data from city councils about parking revenue.
The report also looked at which areas were the priciest when it comes to parking. London was top of the list with an average of £5.50 for one hour parking in a car park, compared to 80p an hour in Stoke.
If you receive a parking ticket you must pay it within 28 days. You can usually pay a lower rate if you pay within two weeks. However, as this research shows it's always worth making an appeal.
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