Figures from the Traffic Penalty Tribunal show that the number of parking tickets being issued has increased but the number of successful appeals against them has fallen.
The tribunal, which took over from the National Parking Adjudication Service (NPAS) as the body that decides on appeals, said that more than 3.8 million penalty charge notices (PCNs) were handed out between April 2007 and March 2008 by the 190 England and Wales councils with ticket-issuing powers.
But in the period January-December 2006, 3.56 million PCNs were issued by only 154 councils involved in the scheme.
Motorists issued a ticket gave excuses such as pizza delivery and public loo-visiting as reasons behind their appeal.
However, 60% of the appeals made to the NPAS in the period April 2007 to March 2008 were successful, compared with 68% in the period January-December 2006.
The tribunal's chief adjudicator, Caroline Sheppard, said: "Many councils appear to be still unwilling or unable to consider challenges based on mitigating circumstances, such as valid pay-and-display tickets that have become dislodged or the holder of a resident's permit neglecting on one occasion to display their permit, perhaps in the case of using a temporary replacement vehicle."
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