Fines hit car insurance customers

Friday, 02 September 2011

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Car insurance policyholders are being hit with five times as many parking fines as they were a decade ago.

That's according to new figures that show CCTV cameras are catching drivers who stop in restricted areas for as little as 17 seconds.

Over four million tickets were issued to motorists in 2010, demonstrating a ten per cent increase since these cameras were introduced two years ago.

However, the misuse of this technology has seen councils come in for criticism from official appeals watchdog the Traffic Penalty Tribunal, as the number of people successfully challenging their tickets has risen by 20 per cent in the past two years.

Also, more than 8,000 drivers were vindicated on appeal after incorrectly receiving tickets.

The Association of British Drivers (ABD) says the statistics confirm that the "war on motorists was far from over".

ABD spokesperson Hugh Bladon explained: "Councils are desperate for money and the motorist is an easy target. Things can only get worse."

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