Monday, August 22, 2011
Glasgow gets tough on parking ticket appeals as the city gets second place in the toughest area to get your ticket cancelled
There maybe a zombie movie being filmed in the city but nothing puts the sh***ers up motorists as the sight of the parking wardens hovering about waiting to plant a ticket on their car.
And they do it with such relish.
If you are parking illegally in Glasgow expect the ‘boys in green’ dressed in tactical gear to swoop.
In you believe you are an innocent, then don’t expect much mercy as Parking bosses in Glasgow are among the strictest in the country.
They fight to the death when it comes to parking ticket appeals.
Glasgow City Council came out second toughest in screwing the motorists for parking illegally in the city as figures obtained under freedom of information laws show.
East Ayrshire has emerged top as the most hard line area of the country when it comes to parking enforcement.
20% of drivers who challenge their ticket get let off.
If you stay in Argyll and Bute, it is a different story, they are the most lenient, tearing up 83% of parking tickets appealed against by motorists last year.
The huge discrepancies in parking-appeal success rates have been condemned by motoring organisations.
They say something wrong in the way in how Councils continue to slap thousands of tickets on windscreens which shouldn’t be there.
And the charge of £60 for a parking ticket is worth a fight.
Argyll and Bute issued 1032 tickets last year, of which 169 were appealed against and only 29 fines were upheld.
Matthew Sinclair of the Taxpayers’ Alliance said the figures suggested some councils are giving out tickets when they shouldn’t be.
“It is absolutely stunning that in some parts of the country the success rate for parking appeals is so high, as it suggests that the authority is getting its fines wrong on a massive scale.”
A spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council, said:
“Everyone has the right to appeal to the council about their penalty charge notice.”
The AA’s Paul Watters said councils should cancel more fines, which are typically £60, or £30 if paid in two weeks.
“If people take the trouble to write and give an excuse, then let them off.”
I am not sure that because someone takes the time to fight off a letter that they should get off.
If they aren’t parking illegally they shouldn’t be ticketed, if they are they should know better, if you chance your arm and get caught, pay up.
However, this is an issue which should be monitored because the purpose of parking control is to ensure that the city’s transport runs smoothly, some see it as a ‘cash cow’.
I don’t quite go along with that idea.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University