can be few experiences as disheartening and utterly deflating as floating back
to your car after some marvellously therapeutic shopping trip, laden with
parcels and shopping bags, to find a black and yellow parking notification
attached to your windscreen, like some enormous striped stinging hornet - and
certainly having a stinging effect on your feelings too.
could spoil anyoneís day - but don't let it! Don't panic, donít curse and don't
waste any time before getting to grips with the problem.
Citizens Advice website has a useful section which you should consult: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/law-and-courts/parking-tickets/
you think the ticket was justified (and letís face it, some of them are), one
option is to pay the fine right away, thus getting a substantialdiscount:
50% if you pay a Penalty Charge Notice or Excess Charge Notice within 14 days
40-60% if you pay a Parking Charge Notice within 14 days
you think that you were parked correctly and within the rules, or there were
mitigating circumstances, you can try an appeal (but don't pay a ticket issued
by a parking company that isn't a member of the Accredited Trade Association -
they can't force you to pay or take you to court).
you appeal, you should explain that you didn't break any rules, and, if
possible, send evidence to prove it.
Advice is frequently consulted about parking tickets. If you get one and aren't
sure how to proceed, it's comforting to know that there are sympathetic people
you can talk to.
For more help, contact Citizens Advice on Adviceline 03 444 111444 or
drop in to your nearest Citizens Advice. For locations and opening hours see www.citizensadvice.org.uk/local/oxfordshire-south-vale
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