Dundee ‘toughest place’ to overturn parking ticket

Just 74 people out of 23,746 bothered to appeal parking tickets in Dundee. Picture: TSPL

Just 74 people out of 23,746 bothered to appeal parking tickets in Dundee. Picture: TSPL

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DUNDEE has emerged as the toughest place in Scotland to overturn a parking ticket.

Despite the city’s motorists being hit with 23,476 tickets, only 74 bothered to appeal.

“These figures only go to show that councils continue to be blue meanies and come down hard on the average motorist”

ALEX JOHNSTONE

And of those, only four were successful, a hit rate of just 5 per cent. Three years ago the city’s parking appeal success rate was 31 per cent.

Argyll and Bute appears to have the highest success rate at 68 per cent but even that has dropped sharply from the 82 per cent success rate of three years ago.

Glasgow is also cracking down on parking appeals, with the success rate dropping from 24 per cent to just 13.9 per cent. The city’s drivers appear to be the most feisty in Scotland, challenging one in six of all tickets handed out.

All councils were asked under the Freedom of Information Act to release details of parking tickets, appeals and the success rate of those appeals.

People living in Orkney are over five times more likely to have their ticket cancelled –

54 per cent compared with the 7 per cent success rate for South Ayrshire. Similarly, the percentage of successful appeals last year in Edinburgh stands at 47 per cent, compared with just 9 per cent in Aberdeen.

The information request also included reasons why tickets had been cancelled. One driver in Aberdeen had their ticket cancelled because they had been arrested, and one person was let off because they “needed the loo”.

Paul Watters, head of Roads Policy for the Automobile Association, said: “We all know success rates are a postcode lottery.

“We need more transparency with the appeals service, and we need an independent body who will be able to scrutinise parking tickets and appeals.

“Councils should be accountable to the electorate. I’d like to see the huge difference in appeal success rates reduced.”

Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Questions will be asked about why there are such drastic discrepancies between Councils.

“Parking charges should only be in place where they’re necessary for traffic management and safety. Motorists are already hit hard by high fuel and road tax, so these charges on top must be minimised.”

Scottish Conservative transport spokesman Alex Johnstone MSP said: “These figures only go to show councils continue to be blue meanies and come down hard on the average motorist. Local authorities should be focusing more effort into fixing the state of our streets.”

A Dundee City Council spokesman said: “All motorists issued with a penalty charge notice have the right to appeal and each case is considered on its own merits.”

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