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From the Mouth of Martin: Top Tips to Slash the Cost of Motoring - #9

Strap yourselves in wannabe petrol heads. With the help of money saving expert, Martin Lewis, Book Theory Test Today is hitting the road with 50 top tips that will cut your motoring costs. Tune in each & every week for a new tip and remember to share with friends and family and slash the cost of motoring. This week we’re looking at parking tickets, which can add to the cost of motoring if you’re unfortunate enough to get one. Did you know? 50% of drivers who appeal against parking fines win their case. Obviously, the key to avoiding a parking fine is not to park where you’re likely to land a ticket.

Cut the cost of motoring tip #9 – Appeal unfair parking tickets

Book Theory Test Today says: “There’s nothing worse than receiving an unfair parking ticket from a council traffic warden, the police or a private company so we urge you to appeal.” Money saving maestro Martin Lewis agrees. He advises that you take a look at the Parking Ticket Appeals guide for step-by-step help in appealing a ticket. In most cases you have 28 days to appeal a penalty charge, but don’t leave it until the last minute, act fast if you believe you’ve been wrongly ticketed. With the cost of motoring at an all time high, being landed with a parking ticket is an added expense you can do without. However, there is hope of successfully fighting a penalty charge. In 2012/2013, 50% of approximately 70,600 drivers overturned a parking charge after going all the way to the official, independent appeals body. In the first instance, you can appeal to the authority that issued the ticket at least twice. If that doesn’t yield the result you’re after then take your fight to the independent adjudicator. In the event that your car is clamped you can only lodge an appeal once with the authority that clamped your vehicle. If that fails, you can then appeal once to the official, independent tribunal.

Compile evidence

In the age of the smartphone, more and more drivers are providing photographic evidence to make their case against an unfair parking notice. Make sure you take pictures of unclear signs or road markings, your car and the immediate area (this comes in handy if you’re disputing where you’re alleged to have parked) and take pictures of any parking metres and pay and display tickets if you’re disputing an expiry time. All this evidence will enhance the chances of your appeal being successful and ultimately, cut the cost of motoring. Book Theory Test Today offers an intermediary service assisting clients with booking a UK theory test, or practical test, at test centres across the nation. The service also supplies resources to help you prepare for your theory test – Ready to take your theory test? Book your theory test online today...


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