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Having worked as a temporary traffic warden in Essex for the summer before uni I feel I could pass on some advice! I still don’t agree with some of the tickets that are given out but such is life, hopefully this little guide might give you a small edge.

First off, if you know you are illegally parked and are chancing it then I’m afraid you’re gonna have to suck it up and get ready to pay the fine. There is next to zero chance of you getting away with it. However it’s always worth appealing though as it’s just the cost of a stamp and you never know, the ticket may have been printed incorrectly or with the wrong information, it does happen!

If you have a parking fine and you’re not entirely sure why then appeal and claim total ignorance of why you have a fine. If you are fortunate it might be decided that the area is not signed well enough for example and thus the fine may not stand up in court (or impasse as it is now known as).

Lastly on this topic, if you are in a council car park and the parking ticket you bought finds itself upside down or fallen out of view in your vehicle and you receive a fine then you must find a traffic warden as quickly as possible. Get them to validate the fact that the ticket was always in your vehicle and make sure they take all the ticket details in their pocket book. You should also take their number as well and explain what happened clearly in your appeal letter. If you fail to show a warden, your appeal will most likely be squashed with the reply that you could have picked that ticket up off the floor.

Just a general bit of advice: yes its aggravating getting a parking fine, it’s never pleasant but NEVER get abusive! As soon as we write in our pocket books that you got out of hand you can wave goodbye to any appeal no matter how valid the reason. If you take it in good grace and talk reasonably you might be surprised; when people were good with me I gave them guidelines on what to put in the appeal to make it stronger. The guys who shot at me with pellet guns or tried to run me over had to pay their fines and quite possibly a bit more to the boys in blue.

And finally, think about the area you are in. Don’t take any liberties in London; parking services has been farmed out to private companies who pay their wardens the minimum wage and commission per ticket they give out. Naturally then they are complete ********s with zero flexibility. However speaking for Essex alone, we are paid by the hour so it didn’t matter a jot to me whether I got 2 or 20 in a day, I was paid the same. Many of us were flexible to a point but it must be said traffic wardens do have a reputation and although I’d like to say it’s undeserved, it isn’t. There is always a power-mad minority (and they are a minority, I assure you) so just hope and pray you avoid them!

I hope that was of some small use; feel free to post any problems or questions and I will try to offer my 2 cents.
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You could have posted this yesterday when I got my first ticket :p:

But yeah, I've filed an appeal...
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1st appeals are always routinely rejected..

http://www.pepipoo.com will be your friend..
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on such parking tickets, look out for the word "offence" as an offence refers to criminal law, and usually a parking ticket is issued through a contravention in legislation, that will void the ticket, another is if it doesnt say "date of issue" on the parking ticket, not the part you tear off and send off, but the part which details all the information, under the road traffic acts, these are two simple things to look out for
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1st appeals are always routinely rejected..

http://www.pepipoo.com will be your friend..
I disagree - I've written first appeal letters for quite a few of my friends (apparantly I have the knack of writing complaint letters) and all of them have been successful so it's always worth a go!
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(Original post by BBBBen)
Having worked as a temporary traffic warden in Essex for the summer before uni I feel I could pass on some advice! I still don’t agree with some of the tickets that are given out but such is life, hopefully this little guide might give you a small edge.

First off, if you know you are illegally parked and are chancing it then I’m afraid you’re gonna have to suck it up and get ready to pay the fine. There is next to zero chance of you getting away with it. However it’s always worth appealing though as it’s just the cost of a stamp and you never know, the ticket may have been printed incorrectly or with the wrong information, it does happen!

If you have a parking fine and you’re not entirely sure why then appeal and claim total ignorance of why you have a fine. If you are fortunate it might be decided that the area is not signed well enough for example and thus the fine may not stand up in court (or impasse as it is now known as).

Lastly on this topic, if you are in a council car park and the parking ticket you bought finds itself upside down or fallen out of view in your vehicle and you receive a fine then you must find a traffic warden as quickly as possible. Get them to validate the fact that the ticket was always in your vehicle and make sure they take all the ticket details in their pocket book. You should also take their number as well and explain what happened clearly in your appeal letter. If you fail to show a warden, your appeal will most likely be squashed with the reply that you could have picked that ticket up off the floor.

Just a general bit of advice: yes its aggravating getting a parking fine, it’s never pleasant but NEVER get abusive! As soon as we write in our pocket books that you got out of hand you can wave goodbye to any appeal no matter how valid the reason. If you take it in good grace and talk reasonably you might be surprised; when people were good with me I gave them guidelines on what to put in the appeal to make it stronger. The guys who shot at me with pellet guns or tried to run me over had to pay their fines and quite possibly a bit more to the boys in blue.

And finally, think about the area you are in. Don’t take any liberties in London; parking services has been farmed out to private companies who pay their wardens the minimum wage and commission per ticket they give out. Naturally then they are complete ********s with zero flexibility. However speaking for Essex alone, we are paid by the hour so it didn’t matter a jot to me whether I got 2 or 20 in a day, I was paid the same. Many of us were flexible to a point but it must be said traffic wardens do have a reputation and although I’d like to say it’s undeserved, it isn’t. There is always a power-mad minority (and they are a minority, I assure you) so just hope and pray you avoid them!

I hope that was of some small use; feel free to post any problems or questions and I will try to offer my 2 cents.
Nice. I heard a traffic warden by law can't give you a ticket if he's not wearing his hat. Is this true?
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Hehe it is indeed true! Although you would have to prove it, so a timed and dated photo on your camera or phone would help you!

The one exception is that car park attendants (traffic wardens of car parks basically) do not have to wear one. Presumably its due to it being private property!
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Does anyone know how long a warden has to wait before issuing a ticket ?
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Does anyone know how long a warden has to wait before issuing a ticket ?
"Aren't traffic wardens supposed to give 'a few minutes grace' before issuing a ticket?"

"Contrary to popular misconception, you are not - and never have been - permitted to stop for 'a few minutes' other than to set down or pick up passengers or load and unload goods (in the absence of any loading restrictions). A traffic warden or parking attendant may observe a vehicle for a few minutes to see if any such activity is going on before issuing a parking ticket, but there is an increasing trend to issue the ticket as soon as an illegally parked vehicle is seen. If you have been loading or unloading it is incumbent on the driver to produce evidence to that effect. (See Loading & Unloading.) There is no grace period."



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If you know you are illegally parked and are chancing it then I’m afraid you’re gonna have to suck it up and get ready to pay the fine. There is next to zero chance of you getting away with it.
I knowingly parked illegally in a disabled bay a couple of weeks ago to pick up a few friends. The warden came over and told me 'I am giving you a ticket', I then drove off and haven't received one since.
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What about if there is no photo of the ticket actually given? Do they need proof of the ticket on the car?
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Does anyone know how long a warden has to wait before issuing a ticket ?
You need to get one strait away. Best to drive up to the ticket dispence, buy your ticket and then park. Otherwise you better be fast!

(Original post by BBBBen)
Having worked as a temporary traffic warden in Essex for the summer before uni I feel I could pass on some advice! I still don’t agree with some of the tickets that are given out but such is life, hopefully this little guide might give you a small edge.

First off, if you know you are illegally parked and are chancing it then I’m afraid you’re gonna have to suck it up and get ready to pay the fine. There is next to zero chance of you getting away with it. However it’s always worth appealing though as it’s just the cost of a stamp and you never know, the ticket may have been printed incorrectly or with the wrong information, it does happen!

If you have a parking fine and you’re not entirely sure why then appeal and claim total ignorance of why you have a fine. If you are fortunate it might be decided that the area is not signed well enough for example and thus the fine may not stand up in court (or impasse as it is now known as).

Lastly on this topic, if you are in a council car park and the parking ticket you bought finds itself upside down or fallen out of view in your vehicle and you receive a fine then you must find a traffic warden as quickly as possible. Get them to validate the fact that the ticket was always in your vehicle and make sure they take all the ticket details in their pocket book. You should also take their number as well and explain what happened clearly in your appeal letter. If you fail to show a warden, your appeal will most likely be squashed with the reply that you could have picked that ticket up off the floor.

Just a general bit of advice: yes its aggravating getting a parking fine, it’s never pleasant but NEVER get abusive! As soon as we write in our pocket books that you got out of hand you can wave goodbye to any appeal no matter how valid the reason. If you take it in good grace and talk reasonably you might be surprised; when people were good with me I gave them guidelines on what to put in the appeal to make it stronger. The guys who shot at me with pellet guns or tried to run me over had to pay their fines and quite possibly a bit more to the boys in blue.

And finally, think about the area you are in. Don’t take any liberties in London; parking services has been farmed out to private companies who pay their wardens the minimum wage and commission per ticket they give out. Naturally then they are complete ********s with zero flexibility. However speaking for Essex alone, we are paid by the hour so it didn’t matter a jot to me whether I got 2 or 20 in a day, I was paid the same. Many of us were flexible to a point but it must be said traffic wardens do have a reputation and although I’d like to say it’s undeserved, it isn’t. There is always a power-mad minority (and they are a minority, I assure you) so just hope and pray you avoid them!

I hope that was of some small use; feel free to post any problems or questions and I will try to offer my 2 cents.
Still more than they deserve, they should just claim Universal Credit. What normal person decides to become a traffic warden? People often complain about lazy dolies scrounging on benefits. They would complain even more if they got up off their arse and got jobs as traffic wardens or speed cam operators, thank fudge they dont tho.
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(Original post by BBBBen)
Having worked as a temporary traffic warden in Essex for the summer before uni I feel I could pass on some advice! I still don’t agree with some of the tickets that are given out but such is life, hopefully this little guide might give you a small edge.

First off, if you know you are illegally parked and are chancing it then I’m afraid you’re gonna have to suck it up and get ready to pay the fine. There is next to zero chance of you getting away with it. However it’s always worth appealing though as it’s just the cost of a stamp and you never know, the ticket may have been printed incorrectly or with the wrong information, it does happen!

If you have a parking fine and you’re not entirely sure why then appeal and claim total ignorance of why you have a fine. If you are fortunate it might be decided that the area is not signed well enough for example and thus the fine may not stand up in court (or impasse as it is now known as).

Lastly on this topic, if you are in a council car park and the parking ticket you bought finds itself upside down or fallen out of view in your vehicle and you receive a fine then you must find a traffic warden as quickly as possible. Get them to validate the fact that the ticket was always in your vehicle and make sure they take all the ticket details in their pocket book. You should also take their number as well and explain what happened clearly in your appeal letter. If you fail to show a warden, your appeal will most likely be squashed with the reply that you could have picked that ticket up off the floor.

Just a general bit of advice: yes its aggravating getting a parking fine, it’s never pleasant but NEVER get abusive! As soon as we write in our pocket books that you got out of hand you can wave goodbye to any appeal no matter how valid the reason. If you take it in good grace and talk reasonably you might be surprised; when people were good with me I gave them guidelines on what to put in the appeal to make it stronger. The guys who shot at me with pellet guns or tried to run me over had to pay their fines and quite possibly a bit more to the boys in blue.

And finally, think about the area you are in. Don’t take any liberties in London; parking services has been farmed out to private companies who pay their wardens the minimum wage and commission per ticket they give out. Naturally then they are complete ********s with zero flexibility. However speaking for Essex alone, we are paid by the hour so it didn’t matter a jot to me whether I got 2 or 20 in a day, I was paid the same. Many of us were flexible to a point but it must be said traffic wardens do have a reputation and although I’d like to say it’s undeserved, it isn’t. There is always a power-mad minority (and they are a minority, I assure you) so just hope and pray you avoid them!

I hope that was of some small use; feel free to post any problems or questions and I will try to offer my 2 cents.
It is nice of you to have written your experience.
I have been pardoned 3 times or more both by the police and by the traffic wardens, one 2 occasions I had to pay regardless of my appeal and on both occasions it was as you suggest fined through contracted out wardens.
Just to add the traffic / speed camera fines have never been waived.
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