1: You didn’t own the vehicle when the ticket was issued. The evidence should be the name and address of the person you sold the vehicle to or bought it from. You could also provide proof of purchase or a copy of the DVLA registration form.
2: The vehicle was stolen when the ticket was issued. You could provide a police crime report or insurance claim to prove this.
3: You didn't break the parking rules or the charge is unfair- for example,
- Your permitted time had not run out,
- The vehicle had broken down and steps were being taken to remove it as soon as possible
- You were legally loading or unloading.
- You had a proper reason to overstay the permitted time (such as with a shop’s private land being in the shop throughout the time). This can be proved by the time on your shop receipt.
4: The rules were not clear: Here you can argue that the place where the vehicle was parked wasn't properly marked out or the signage setting out the terms and conditions of parking were not prominent, easily readable or clear about rules and charges :
- If you've got your mobile phone or a camera with you, take photos of the car, road signs and road markings, focusing on anything that is unclear or misleading.
5: Public parking only: Someone prevented the traffic warden to give you a ticket at the scene. The appeal from this is if you don't think this is true. Perhaps someone was with you who could give a supporting letter or statement.
6: You’ve been charged more than you should be. You can appeal (or request a refund) if you're charged more than the amount which applies in your circumstances.
7: The procedure for issuing the ticket or notice wasn’t carried out properly
- with public parking tickets if a charge certificate was issued before an appeal was decided the correct procedure has not been followed.
- with private land the land owner can sue the registered keeper of the vehicle (even if they were not the driver) but not if any Notice to the Registered Keeper was sent out earlier than 28 days after issuing a ticket.
8:You paid already. Here you would need proof of earlier payment – such as a receipt or bank statement.
9: You could not pay at the time as the parking meter or all nearby pay-and-display machines were faulty. If you’ve got a mobile phone or camera with you, take pictures of the broken meter and/or machines. Here you should only offer to pay the normal charge not any penalty.
10: Compassionate or emergency special circumstances apply: You can ask for the charge to be cancelled in special circumstances such as having to deal with an illness or road traffic accident or bereavement. In this case you could offer to obtain a doctor’s note to support your challenge.
11: Private Land only: The charge made is excessive. Here you can challenge the amount charged as being more than the landowner’s loss of income and reasonable admin expenses caused by your parking in breach of the rules. Although this is still an unclear area, many experts think that that is all the private land owner can charge under the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999.