Almost three quarters of parking tickets are successfully appealed across East Lancashire, it was revealed today.

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says 72 per cent of all Penalty Charge Notices appeals are won.

Fifteen companies provided data about 32,633 parking fines they had received over a 12-month period.

Of those appealed by FTA’s PCN Administration Service, almost three quarters were successful.

Natalie Chapman, FTA’s Head of Policy, said: “The results of the survey show the benefit to members of using our PCN Administration Service.

“Our knowledge and expertise can help them make huge savings on their expenditure on parking fines, as well as cutting down on administration costs.”

High streets were identified as the main hotspot for the issuing of PCNs, with the most frequent reason for a ticket being issued was ‘stopped where prohibited’ – almost 36 per cent of tickets issued.

A further 33 per cent were handed out for parking or loading where restrictions are in force.

Ms Chapman added: “Loading and unloading is an exemption to restricted street regulations – it’s allowed on single or double yellow lines for a maximum of 40 minutes. Often PCNs are issued incorrectly because the enforcement officer needs more training and doesn’t realise what’s permitted.

“Our PCN Administration Service can advise members when tickets have been issued incorrectly and should be challenged.”

Lancashire County Council as the Highway Authority is responsible for on-street parking enforcement and this is managed by Lancashire Parking Services, which handles appeals and payments.

Drivers are levied either £50 or £70 dependant upon the contravention, with a discount of 50 per cent if it is paid within 14 days.