Ways to appeal a private parking ticket

Nine tips for appealing private parking tickets

More than seven million private parking tickets were issued in the last year.

But tickets issued in private car parks aren't the same as official council parking fines so the rules on how they operate are different. Motoring experts LeaseVan have issued these nine pieces of advice on how to help drivers appeal unfair private parking tickets.

In extreme cases, a private parking company could take you to court to claim the money they believe theyre owed. But if youre convinced youre in the right and willing to spend the time fighting, you dont have to back down.

5. Be prepared for court

In extreme cases, a private parking company could take you to court to claim the money they believe theyre owed. But if youre convinced youre in the right and willing to spend the time fighting, you dont have to back down.
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Rather than writing an angry letter or quickly filling out forms, it could help your cause to conduct some legal research. Include certain phrases and make a clear, well supported argument with precedent alongside your evidence.

6. Conduct relevant research

Rather than writing an angry letter or quickly filling out forms, it could help your cause to conduct some legal research. Include certain phrases and make a clear, well supported argument with precedent alongside your evidence.
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If the parking ticket issuer has made a clear error, breached their own or industry rules, or broken the law at any point, this could help your cause or even invalidate your ticket. Photo- Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

7. Keep an eye out for ticketing technicalities

If the parking ticket issuer has made a clear error, breached their own or industry rules, or broken the law at any point, this could help your cause or even invalidate your ticket. Photo- Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
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Take photographs of your vehicle, the car park, bays, signage, entrances, conditions, circumstances  anything that could prove your case. Keep copies of all correspondence, receipts and any witness statements too.

8. Gather and keep evidence

Take photographs of your vehicle, the car park, bays, signage, entrances, conditions, circumstances anything that could prove your case. Keep copies of all correspondence, receipts and any witness statements too.
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