ANGRY motorists say Hyndburn's traffic wardens are making mistakes when dishing out tickets after statistics showed hundreds have been cancelled.
Figures from the National Car Parking Association (NCP) that runs the wardens scheme reveal that out of 5,794 parking tickets issued in the borough since September, 964 had to be dropped, which is more than 16 per cent.
Motoring groups say these figures prove wardens do not know the law and are giving them out incorrectly.
Nigel Humphries, of the Association of British Drivers, said: "Clearly, tickets are being issued when they are not always justified, which is why people should appeal against them in these cases.
"The problem is that wardens are just dishing out these tickets as fast as they possibly can in the belief that people will just pay up. People should stand up to this and not take it lying down.
"These parking restrictions are often brought in as part of a wider political plan to make life difficult for the motorist.
"And the Government is raking in the cash."
But defenders of the parking schemes said there were many reasons why a ticket could be cancelled and the figures did not prove traffic wardens were incompetent.
Tim Cowen, from the NCP, said: "Our figures show that of the 964 tickets which were cancelled only 1.79 per cent were due to error.
"There are around 40 different reasons why a parking ticket may have to be declared void and a traffic warden issuing it incorrectly is just one of them.
"A common reason is that motorists sometimes drive off when traffic wardens are issuing a ticket.
"They are only legally valid if they are stuck to the vehicle."