Parking tickets are the bane of motorists so it’s good to know a student is fighting back with a website that makes it easier to appeal a fine.
18-year-old Joshua Browder of North London received 30 parking tickets in nine months, which led him to create the donotpay.co.uk website that is designed to help motorists fight back against a penalty charge notice.
The website allows you to pick one of 12 reasons for your defence and then relevant details are inputted, all done in less than a minute. A custom appeal is then generated, which can be sent to the local council that issued the ticket.
The idea came about after appealing against the fines and, in many cases, having them quashed. Browder was surprised there was no website out there that did the same thing for free.
The economics student then worked with a leading traffic lawyer and read thousands of pages of relevant documents released under the Freedom of Information act to give motorists the best chance of getting out of a fine.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Browder said: “I was given the parking tickets for trivial reasons. I have had to spend around one hundred hours of valuable study time writing appeals to these tickets, many of which have been successful.
“I have come to realise that councils issue tickets first and ask questions later. Unfortunately, many recipients of these tickets don’t have the time, legal knowledge or energy to appeal.
“After speaking to half a dozen lawyers by e-mail, one was kind enough to help me draft the appeals and ensure that my “Terms of Service” protected me from any liability.
“The website is completely free, regardless of whether motorists win their appeal. I hope that it will disintermediate services that charge half the cost of the ticket for a manual appeal.”
The donotpay.co.uk website, which is yet to be monetised, has since crashed under the sheer popularity, leading to the need for an increase in capacity. It was seemingly unavailable at the time of writing.
UK councils made a £667 million surplus from parking operations in 2013 to 2014, according to the RAC Foundation, an increase in 12 per cent on the previous year.