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PARKING APPEALS DOWN IN LONDON

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Parking appeal statistics for 2005/06 have been published by the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service....
Parking appeal statistics for 2005/06 have been published by the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service.

The figures show a borough by borough breakdown of the number of appeals received between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006 by the independent adjudicators. It also shows the number of appeals won and lost by motorists during that period.

Comparisons between 2005/06 figures and 2004/05.

* There were 48,227 parking appeals lodged in 2005/06 compared to 54,526 in 04/05

* In 2005/06 there were 2,774 bus lane appeals lodged compared to 3,602 in 2004/05

* PATAS received 52,764 appeals in 2005/06. In 2004/05 they received 58,645

* Motorists won 28,121of the 50,614 (56 per cent) parking appeals heard in 2005/06. In 2004/05 motorists won 34,236 of the 56,283 (61 per cent) parking appeals heard

* In total motorists won 29,959 of the 54,734 appeals heard by PATAS. In 2004/05 motorists won a total 36,557 appeals from the 61,153 heard.

Parking appeal statistics 2005-06

Explanation of the figures

Column one shows the number of appeals received in 2005/06 against penalty charge notices issued by individual boroughs.

Column three shows the number of appeals actually heard by the independent adjudicators against a ticket issued by a borough. Again this is broken down borough by borough.

When an appeal is received PATAS officers need to ensure that both sides involved have the opportunity to put forward their evidence.

As a result it could mean it takes several weeks for an appeal to be ready to be heard - meaning that an appeal submitted shortly before the period covered by the 2005/06 may actually be heard during the period covered by the 2007/08 statistics.

The numbers of appeals allowed and refused (columns four and six) are of the total number of appeals heard during the year.

Moving Traffic Offences

It should be noted that more boroughs were enforcing these offences - including stopping in a yellow box junction or going the wrong way down a one-way street - in 2005/06 compared to the previous year.

Also the boroughs that had been enforcing moving traffic offences in 2004/05 had only been doing so for part of the year.

Statutory Declarations

For the first time PATAS have been able to provide figures for the number of statutory declarations received by PATAS. These are shown in column two.

A statutory declaration is not an appeal. It is a formal legal declaration and can only be made on the grounds that a person:

(a) did not receive the notice to owner

(b) made representations to the authority but did not receive a rejection notice from that authority

(c) appealed to an adjudicator against the rejection by that authority of representations made by them but had no response to the appeal

A valid statutory declaration means that the enforcement of the penalty charge notice reverts back to the Notice to Owner or appeal stage

Penalty charge notices

Details of the number of penalty charge notices issued to motorists during 2005/06 are scheduled to be released later in the summer.

Parking and Traffic Appeals Service

PATAS provides the service where independent adjudicators listen to the motorist's side of the issue and that of the boroughs.

It is a statutory tribunal with the legal status of a court. The adjudicators are independent solicitors or barristers of at least five years standing, and are appointed with the consent of the Lord Chancellor.

There are 52 adjudicators in PATAS. They are not bound by any other decisions made by any other adjudicator, although they may refer to them.

Appeals are normally free (although costs can be awarded), and legal representation is not necessary.

Consultants to the former Lord Chancellor's Department have described PATAS as 'the most user-focused aspect of justice in the country'.

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