Parking fines add to car insurance costs

Friday, 10 June 2011

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Car insurance customers are having to spend more money on parking fines as the number of successful appeals has fallen.

Local council parking tickets increased to 4.24 million in 2009/10, marking an increase from the 4.03 million figure reported in the previous year.

Appeals to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal rose by 15 per cent, though the success rate dropped from 62 per cent to 57 per cent.

Much of this was due to the inclusion of 50 extra councils in England and Wales in the Penalty Charge Notices scheme.

The tribunal's chief adjudicator Caroline Sheppard says councils should ensure that the use of CCTV is fairer on motor insurance customers.

Ms Sheppard said: "The tribunal is receiving increasing numbers of complaints and phone calls from motorists who have been sent a document, often resembling a council PCN, from the operator of a private car park."

She has also expressed that an independent ombudsman should be set up to handle complaints regarding private car parking fines.

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