Drivers will be able to appeal parking tickets and bus lane offences online by the end of the year.
A new service, developed by the Traffic Penalty Tribunal (TPT) and resolver.co.uk will help drivers more easily appeal their fines. The new service will ensure that decisions are made within a matter of days.
Currently, only 0.5% of drivers appeal fines through the TPT, with around 50% of those in the penalty being quashed. The hope is that this online system will make the process easier and faster for all involved. The online system is predicted to save councils up to £200 per case.
Brighton & Hove Council start the ball rolling from 21st March, with the service due to roll out across most of England and Wales by the end of 2016. You’ll be able to appeal through a new online portal via smartphones, tablets and laptops. You can even support your appeal by uploading photos and videos.
If you’re lucky enough to live in Brighton, but unlucky enough to get a Penalty Charge Notice, you can appeal it here.
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 will bring cost savings to local authorities, as well as simplifying the process for those appealing.”