March sees the launch of a new portal by which drivers can appeal their parking tickets in a matter of seconds. The Traffic Penalty Tribunal has developed the software in partnership with Revolver, a company who manage consumer complaints.
Worrying stats have revealed that just 0.5 per cent of drivers who get a fine appeal to the TPT, despite the fact that more than half of the people who do appeal have the fines wiped.
Many believe the reason for the low rate of appeals is due to paperwork. However, this new system takes that away and allows for evidence to be uploaded digitally.
Caroline Sheppard, Chief Adjudicator of the TPT, said: “Getting a parking ticket can be a frustrating experience, but our new portal makes the appeals process quicker, simpler and more transparent, putting paid to the old adage that ‘the wheels of justice grind slowly’.
“The platform has already generated considerable interest from other areas of the UK judiciary because it is fast, efficient, accessible and will bring cost savings to local authorities as well as simplifying the process for those appealing.”
This development comes after Joshua Browder, an 18-year-old computer science student developed a similar system last year after family and friends collected a number of tickets. His website, Donotpay.co.uk promises to “generate winning appeals to parking tickets in seconds”.
He said commenting on the subject last year: “I originally set it up for friends but the response has been phenomenal,” Mr Browder said.
“I’ve had emails from a pensioner who had a scratch on their permit and small businesses who were fined because the council didn’t understand loading restrictions.
“Many motorists leave the scene of their parking ticket without taking photos of the road markings. In light of this, the website will now include photos of the street to support relevant claims,” Mr Browder said.
“Councils issue tickets first and ask questions later,” he added.
Brighton & Hove City Council will launch the system from March 14 with every council across the country expected to have it in place by the end of the year.