Government survey reveals 37% of ticketed motorists believe they didn't break rules
21 May 2009

More than a third of motorists who receive a parking ticket do not believe they parked illegally, according to the government's latest parking survey.

In total 37 per cent of respondents who had received a parking ticket in the last year did not think they had broken the law when they parked.

However, 74 per cent of people who received a ticket did not appeal, ten per cent appealed successfully and 16 per cent had appeals rejected.

The survey also revealed:

- Overall, 18 per cent of car drivers said that they had received a parking ticket in the last year. Among 16 to 34 year-olds the figure was higher at 32 per cent.

- A quarter of car users said that they limited their car use a great deal or to some extent because of the cost (27 per cent) or the availability of parking (28 per cent). A third (35 per cent) said that they limited their car use a great deal or to some extent because of the cost of petrol.

- Of those respondents with parking restrictions in their locality, 65 per cent thought the number of restrictions was about right and 61 per cent that the enforcement levels were about right. Around a quarter of respondents said the parking restrictions caused them problems, with almost a fifth saying the restrictions were confusing.

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- 48 per cent of all households had access to a garage and 57 per ecnt to other off-street parking.

- Just over a half (55 per cent) of car owning households had access to a garage, whereas 23 per cent used a garage for parking their car overnight.

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