5 Tips to Avoid Parking Tickets
Despite drivers using their vehicles less during the pandemic, millions of parking fines were still issued in the UK last year. Is there anything more annoying than getting back to your car to find that dreadful yellow ticket stuck to your windscreen?
Here are 5 top tips to stop that from ever happening again...
1 Private Car Parks
Private car parks can pretty much make up their own rules so, before you leave your car, take a look around for any sneaky, partially hidden signs you may not have noticed.
I once left my car in a private car park overnight. The only sign I could see was that there were charges until 6pm. As it was after 6pm, I didn't worry about it, I just left my car there but when I came to pick it up the next day, it was in the middle of a Farmer's Market!! Needless to say I was far too embarrassed to get it out, I just waited until the market closed and snuck in to get it back. However, I was whacked with a hefty fine so, lesson learnt!
2 Are you in the Lines?
If your wheels are even a smidgen over the designated parking bay lines, you can risk being slapped with a fine so check before you walk away. This may seem an obvious point to some, although when drivers are in a rush, it's not uncommon to make this error.
3 Displaying Your Ticket
If you have a special permit to park, such as a disabled permit or residents' permit, you still risk getting a fine if it isn't displayed clearly. This also applies to your parking ticket. If the traffic warden can't clearly see your ticket or permit is visible, they are within their rights to fine you.
4 Single Yellow Lines
Think you're okay to park on a single yellow line?
Not always the case! Make sure you check road signs before leaving your car as there will sometimes be restrictions.
5 Bank Holidays Rules
Different councils have different rules. Some allow you to park anywhere on bank holidays, others don't! So, don't risk it. Go and check the road signs before you leave the car otherwise it could end up being a very expensive day out.
Using parking apps such as Parkopedia enable drivers to easily locate the closest available parking to their destination. Some of these apps allow you to pay online for your parking or via a mobile app which some drivers prefer to do. Spend less time searching for a parking space, meaning you have more time to enjoy your day, whatever you're doing.
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