Parking ticket appeals are a 'postcode lottery'


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31% of all council parking ticket appeals are successful, but it really depends on where you live...

Many drivers in the UK have been slapped with a parking ticket at some point, but the outcome of an appeal could come down to where you live.

Online parking marketplace has revealed that, on average, 31% of all council parking ticket appeals are successful.

However, the chances of success varies widely across the country, from a high of 81% successfully appealed down to a low of less than 1%.

Motorists who appealed a PCN from Basingstoke and Dean were shown to have the greatest chance of having it overturned, with an 81% success rate. Lincolnshire County Council had a 80% success rate while West Dorset and Solihull councils all had appeal success rates of 77%.

However, on the other end of the scale are Wandsworth and Havering where 99% of appeals fail. Motorists in Preston, Bournemouth, Swindon, Lewisham and Merton only fare a little better with success rates of 20% or less.

Harrison Woods, Managing Director of, said: "Receiving a parking ticket is always frustrating, whether it was deserved or not. And as the research shows, whether you win your appeal or not often simply comes down to where the ticket was issued.”

In total, 190 councils across the UK replied to a Freedom of Information request, showing that nearly 24% - more than 1.1million - of all council-issued parking tickets are appealed, with an average of 31% of those appeals being successful.

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