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Rise in council parking tickets

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Motorists were issued 4.24 million parking tickets by local councils in 2009/10 - up from 4.03 million in 2008/09, new figures show.

However, fewer motorists won their appeal against their parking fines over the period, the Traffic Penalty Tribunal said in its report.

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The tribunal said that although 50 more local authorities in England and Wales joined the Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) scheme, more than half of all participating councils issued fewer tickets in 2009/10.

It also said that the number of driver appealing against their fine rose 15% during the period, although the average rate of appeal per ticket was flat at 0.3%.

However the proportion of motorists succeeding in their bid fell to 57% in 2009/10 from 62% the previous year and 60% in 2007/08.

The tribunal's chief adjudicator Caroline Sheppard said councils should ensure that the use of CCTV enforcement was "properly supporting their transport objectives and that it is being applied fairly and with integrity".

She also called for the setting up of a body to deal with complaints outside the tribunal's jurisdiction.

© Press Association 2011