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How to Appeal a Parking Ticket

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 14 Sep 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
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So you’ve come back to your car and found a parking ticket tucked under your windscreen wiper. What do you do next?

First things first: No matter how tempting it is don’t make a scene by grabbing the ticket and ripping it up, shouting angrily in the direction where the offending Traffic Warden might be. If you do this then you’re basically destroying your own evidence. Whatever the reason you got your ticket, it doesn’t follow automatically that you will have to pay the fine. A lot of people think along the lines of ‘Well if they’ve given me a ticket I must be in the wrong – even if I didn’t realise it, right?’

Wrong. That’s What They Hope You’ll Think.

It’s a little known fact that over 65% of parking ticket appeals are successful. 40% of those appeals are never even contested by the council because there are some very strict guidelines that surround the issuing of Parking Tickets - and in many cases the officers distributing tickets just don’t stick to them. This often happens in places where parking enforcement has been outsourced out to private companies who focus on making money for shareholders – and that doesn’t always mean by following the rules to the letter. With 8 million parking tickets issued in 2005, there are a lot of wrongly issued tickets that are never contested, simply because people just don’t know what to look for.

So What do I Need to Look for?

If you catch the warden issuing the ticket:Ask them why you have been issued with it and write down their reply exactly as they say it to you. If what they say isn’t 100% correct then there is a good chance this could be your way out of paying the fine.

Look at their outfit: can you tell by looking at them that they are in Parking Enforcement? Do they have a patrol number/Company or council name in full view? If not, this can work in your favour too once you begin the appeals process - especially if you can get photographic evidence that backs up your claims.

What Do I Look for on the Road?

  • Check road markings and road signs for parking information in the area
  • Are the signs exactly as represented in the Highway Code?
  • Look for signs that contradict other signs or markings
  • Look for double yellow lines that do not end properly
  • Are the double yellow lines obscured due to snow, leaves, litter etc?
  • Are there road/parking signs that are too dirty to read?
If you find any of the above it can result in the cancellation of your ticket so take photographs to back up your findings.

Finally, you can contact the council in the area you were ticketed and ask them for a copy of the Traffic Regulations for that area. Check what they send you and what is actually there. Any discrepancies might be just the ticket to get you off the fine!

I Have my Evidence, Now What?

Once you have gathered together your evidence, write to the issuing body named on the back of the ticket as soon as you can and tell them why you don’t think you should have to pay the fine.

Give them clear reasons and include evidence: photos, paid for pay and display ticket/transcripts from the issuing officer etc. Do remember that the people in this department will be faced with outlandish claims every day (and may well publish the best ones somewhere on the internet!) so keep to the facts, and state your case clearly and concisely or you will find your appeal rejected straight away.

Within a few weeks you should receive notification from NPAS (National Parking Adjudication Service) that both your claim has been upheld and your fine cancelled; in which case you can breathe a sigh of relief, or that it has been received and rejected; and the fine still stands.

At this point you will need to decide whether you are just going to pay up – the 50% reduced rate stands if you sent your appeal within 14 days of receiving the ticket – or if you wish, you can take the appeal further to a judicial review. However you need to be aware that this is where you start to involve solicitors and where your bill starts to mount up. Only carry on to judicial review if you are 100% sure you can win, as if you lose you may be slapped with the original fine topped up with solicitors fees and court costs.

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I received a letter from Parking Eye on the 10/08/2018 stating I had parked for longer than the allowed period of time in a car park.The aleged offence was on the 14/07/2018, 27 days before I received my letter.I understood that the letter must be sent within 14 days of offence, however Parking Eye are saying this limit is no longer a legal requirement.Does anyone know if this is true please ?
Suzanne - 14-Sep-18 @ 2:26 PM
I drove onto a disabled space on road side because the driver in front had just got into his car to move off. while waiting for him to move and I was looking behind me to make sure that nobody was waiting to get into the disables space.When I looked to my left I saw the traffic warden writing me a ticket. I got out of the car to appeal to him and he said it was too late he had written the ticket. By then the space in front became vacent but the warden stood in front of my car taking a photograph andpreventing me from moving forward. By which time another car from the road slilpped into the space and I was left with a parking ticket and no space to park. I have not been given a copy of the photograph ? Can I ask for it. Could I appeal?
Moto - 20-Aug-18 @ 2:00 PM
Got a PCN for parking in marked bay and not paying but the lines on the bay are badly faded.Is there a precedence for getting the fine overturned
Dave - 3-May-18 @ 2:09 PM
Hi, I parked at a local hospital today outside of the usual visitors car park but on a road leading up to it next to the pathway. I had seen 2 cars parked here for the last few days and noticed there was a space today. When I checked there were no line markings for about 3 car lengths in this point of the road. The road went from double red to nothing then to double yellow (no t bar at the end). I came out to a parking fine but it doesn’t state the reason why. I was told by a nurse to ignore it as they are never enforced but not sure what to do?
Leanne - 12-Apr-18 @ 7:14 PM
Hi, I parked in what i thought was a parking bay (2 cars could fit in), a yellow line apparently was in the bay but all i could see was leafs, at 12:14 i got a ticket and after reading it i noticed the single yellow line and a lamp post about 10 feet down the road with a time plate no bigger than a5 paper, saying mon - friday 11:30 to 12:30. i appealed because it was not clear enough but it was rejected. After doing some research i noticed that it hasn't got a T bar at the end of the yellow line! so having said that im thinking of taking this further and wait for NTO.Am i doing the right thing, please help me asap. thanks
ryan - 30-Mar-18 @ 10:07 PM
Shaz - Your Question:
I recived a pcn for parking in a disabled bay how ever the paint had faded and I was nit sure if the bay was fir disabled parking only.

Our Response:
Take pictures as evidence and try and appeal. If it was really unclear, your appeal may be considered.
NoPenaltyPoints - 2-Feb-18 @ 2:56 PM
I recived a pcn for parking in a disabled bay how ever the paint had faded and i was nit sure if the bay was fir disabled parking only.
Shaz - 1-Feb-18 @ 6:44 AM
I am pregnant and was driving my partners car this weekend when I became very sick. So I pulled down a street with parking but the only space (sadly) was a double yellow. I pulled over, got out and sat in the passenger side to be sick (sorry!) and gave myself 5 minutes as I was dizzy. Out of nowhere the parking man came along a slapped a PCN on my car. I opened the door and told him i was pregnant and unwell and that i will move the car but he ignored me and took a photo and then went. I was and still am quite upset as i have never got a ticket before and i only did this because I didn't want to cause an accident by throwing up whilst driving. I read about potential mitigating circumstances... is it worth me appealing? Should the officer not have asked me to move as i was in my car?
Becky - 17-Jan-18 @ 1:50 PM
Dave - Your Question:
I have received a charge notice dated 02/01/2018 for a section 40 offence on 30/11/02017 parked in a designated disabled person's parking place without clearly displaying a disabled persons badge.No ticket was placed on the car at the time of the offence - but I have been displaying my blue badge when I park on this bay outside my house - however with no warning its impossible for me to check whether I had displayed it or no as it was more than a month ago - please advise

Our Response:
Write to the company/ council- tell them you always display your badge and request details/photographic evidence of the date/day in question.
NoPenaltyPoints - 9-Jan-18 @ 12:37 PM
I have received a charge notice dated 02/01/2018 for a section 40 offence on 30/11/02017 parked in a designated disabled person's parking place without clearly displaying a disabled persons badge. No ticket was placed on the car at the time of the offence - but I have been displaying my blue badge when I park on this bay outside my house - however with no warning its impossible for me to check whether I had displayed it or no as it was more than a month ago - please advise
Dave - 8-Jan-18 @ 1:19 PM
Hi, I got a ticket for parking outside my house in a space marked on the road as reserved for the disabled. There are no other restrictions on the street, the space was originally marked out some twenty years ago. The local disabled person moved away and the markings were blacked out by tar and everybody could use the space, no tickets. The tar has now worn away displaying the disabled parking marks again and police issued a ticket. Do I have grounds for an appeal?
Andy - 24-Nov-17 @ 3:13 PM
We have a double yellow line outside my house that has never been finished with h a tbar for over 4yrs report constantly. I got a parking ticket stupidly after running in to my house to drop off stuff. I appealed on the grounds of the line never being finished so how could it be a legal yellow line. Had my appeal refused due to a case where a judge said tbars are trivial mater and up held the ticket! Anyone know if this is official now that councils can never finish lines and just ticket ?
Sassy - 28-Apr-17 @ 11:44 AM
Shahid - Your Question:
Got a ticket in Liverpool on a single yellow line observed from 2.51pm to 2.51pm so within that minute, is this lawful or can I appeal

Our Response:
We suggest not, was there a loading/unloading time displayed?
NoPenaltyPoints - 28-Mar-17 @ 2:06 PM
Got a ticket in Liverpool on a single yellow line observed from 2.51pm to 2.51pm so within that minute, is this lawful or can I appeal
Shahid - 27-Mar-17 @ 2:08 PM
Jake - Your Question:
HiI got a penalty charge notice for parking not within a car parking space,I had actually parked beside the pay on display machine. It has a yellow box aWhich was on the right side of my car and I had used the guttering on the road (whch was right Beside yellow box) and from my peripheral vision thought I was parked ok as I was inline with spaces in front of me as well. No one could park beside me on right side so genuinely thought I had parked ok. Any grounds for appealing this

Our Response:
Take a picture of the space to demonstrate that it did indeed look like a parking space. Make sure you mention that your vehicle was not parked over any lines or on the yellow box itself. It's certainly worth a try, especially as you paid and displayed and were not taking up anyone else's space inconsiderately.
NoPenaltyPoints - 17-Feb-17 @ 12:32 PM
Hi I got a penalty charge notice for parking not within a car parking space, I had actually parked beside the pay on display machine. It has a yellow box a Which was on the right side of my car and I had used the guttering on the road (whch was right Beside yellow box) and from my peripheral vision thought I was parked ok as I was inline with spaces in front of me as well.No one could park beside me on right side so genuinely thought I had parked ok. Any grounds for appealing this
Jake - 16-Feb-17 @ 1:09 PM
ZAK - Your Question:
Hi, I was inside my car last night with the engine running whilst waiting for my son to come back from the cash point. I parked in a disabled bay but as it was dark I didn't see the traffic warden approaching me and taking a picture of my car. I moved out straight away without giving him a chance to issue me with a ticket.I wasn't even 2 mins waiting on the bay. Shall I expect my fine on the post now?

Our Response:
Yes possibly if the warden was able to photograph your car sufficiently to prove you were there.
NoPenaltyPoints - 11-Jan-17 @ 11:39 AM
Hi, I was inside my car last night with the engine running whilst waiting for my son to come back from the cash point.I parked in a disabled bay but as it was dark I didn't see the traffic warden approaching me and taking a picture of my car.I moved out straight away without giving him a chance to issue me with a ticket. I wasn't even 2 mins waiting on the bay. Shall I expect my fine on the post now?
ZAK - 10-Jan-17 @ 1:04 PM
Hi, I have parked my car in a bay parking where parking restrictions are in force however the signage has been obscured and I still got a ticket. Please help me with some points under Traffic Act to appeal this PCN
Pete - 28-Nov-16 @ 12:05 PM
An astoundingly stupid and ignorant article. You have failed to point out the most important fact.... Council PCNS are a CIVIL matter. The PCN is a request for payment. Tickets issued by Police or police employed Wardens are a matter of Criminal Law and subject to FPNs (FIXED PENALTY NOTICE). This means that parking on double yellow lines is NOT a breach of law in a Civil enforcement area. Councils cannot invoke the Highway Code. If the vehicle is causing an obstruction it becomes a criminal matter. They should refer it to the police. THERE ARE NO LAWFUL CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH CIVIL COUNCIL EMPLOYEES CAN LAWFULLY ISSUE A FINE OR PENALTY AGAINST ANOTHER CITIZEN. Futhermore, legislation does not revoke Law... Law is Common Law, Civil Law and Criminal Law..... Pieces of crap like the 2004 Traffic Management Act are unlawful attempts to infer criminal law powers can be applied to civil contraventions. If you get a PCN off a council employee for parking on double yellow lines DO NOT PAY.... REBUT, REJECT..... Whatever the legislation states, there MUST be an enforceable contract between both parties under civil contract law. The terms and conditions MUST be clearly displayed such that the driver can consider, accept or reject those terms.
NO2PCNS - 15-Oct-16 @ 12:48 AM
I received a parking ticket outside my house - its a resident permit holder street - at the time I got the ticket my permit was out of date and I was awaiting a new one to arrive from the council. My argument is I have a legal right to park here as I am a resident on the street and can prove it with my permit that has now arrived. Can I contest this?
Tom - 9-Oct-16 @ 9:47 PM
Motorist - Your Question:
Hi, I have received a ticket after parking in what appears to be a parking bay (but council says isn't), myself, and colleagues have been parking in these 'non bays' for may years, without being issued a ticket. Parking in the 'non-bays' does not obstruct traffic. The is a double yellow, without a t-bar ending which curves around one edge of the 'non-bay'. I have appealed my ticket, but was rejected. I am wondering if I have good grounds for appeal given that we have been parking here for years without any issue, and that the area itself is unclear if it is a parking bay or not. There are no signs.

Our Response:
If there are no signs and the road markings are not clear, then yes you should have grounds for appeal. However, as we cannot see the area for ourselves, we cannot really advise on this.
NoPenaltyPoints - 26-Sep-16 @ 12:22 PM
Hi, I have received a ticket after parking in what appears to be a parking bay (but council says isn't), myself, and colleagues have been parking in these 'non bays' for may years, without being issued a ticket. Parking in the 'non-bays' does not obstruct traffic. The is a double yellow, without a t-bar ending which curves around one edge of the 'non-bay'. I have appealed my ticket, but was rejected. I am wondering if I have good grounds for appeal given that we have been parking here for years without any issue, and that the area itself is unclear if it is a parking bay or not. There are no signs.
Motorist - 24-Sep-16 @ 10:45 AM
Laura - Your Question:
I've just been given a parking ticket. I was parked outside my own house on my own driveway/path which is really wide. 2 lorries could park on it. As I was digging my front garden up to lay a driveway. I wasn't in anyones way. I was not blocking the path. I was not impairing ayones view. I live on a corner. There are some restriction on the road down the side of my house between certain hours to prevent commuters parking there throughout the day. But on the main road where my address is and where I parked no restrictions. So on the otherside of the road around the corner there was but not my side. The ticket states "parked in a restricted street during prescibed hours" But this was not the case. Letter comes back stating that I was parked adjacent to double yellow lines. So they have now changed what they put down. I really don't think this is valid and don't want to get into any trouble. But I think they are taking the mick and I should be allowed to safely park outside my own house whilst digging up my garden to make a driveway larger. Can anyone help on this please.? Thank you.

Our Response:
If you were not parking adjacent to double yellow lines and there are no parking restrictions on your side of the road, then you should contest it.
NoPenaltyPoints - 15-Sep-16 @ 2:01 PM
I've just been given a parking ticket. I was parked outside my own house on my own driveway/path which is really wide. 2 lorries could park on it. As I was digging my front garden up to lay a driveway. I wasn't in anyones way. I was not blocking the path. I was not impairing ayones view. I live on a corner. There are some restriction on the road down the side of my house between certain hours to prevent commuters parking there throughout the day. But on the main road where my address is and where I parked no restrictions. So on the otherside of the road around the corner there was but not my side. The ticket states "parked in a restricted street during prescibed hours" But this was not the case. Letter comes back stating that i was parked adjacent to double yellow lines. So they have now changed what they put down. I really don't think this is valid and don't want to get into any trouble. But I think they are taking the mick and I should be allowed to safely park outside my own house whilst digging up my garden to make a driveway larger. Can anyone help on this please.....? Thank you.
Laura - 14-Sep-16 @ 2:43 PM
Hello! I work in a hospital since 2013, I recently parked in the multi-storey in a space that I have parked in many times. It is a white lined standard space next to yellow lined wider disabled spaces with the wheelchair logo on the floor. I parked in that white lined space a couple of weeks ago and received a parking ticket for "parking in a disabled bay with no disabled badge" and after appealing the ticket on the grounds that: a) It has newly become a "disabled" space so there is a new sign (of which is different to all the other disabled signs in the car park saying "This is disabled parking" as apposed to "This is a disabled space"), b) I have parked there so many times with no issues and c) it is not a space adequate for disabled drivers - no extra space. I have still been told that I have to pay the fine. I have photographic evidence of the space and the road markings. As a student midwife I can't really afford this ticket from a private company scrounging off the NHS staff and patients. What are your thoughts? Thanks :D
Leafus - 24-Aug-16 @ 7:56 PM
I received a parking ticket and the reason given was that I was parked in two spaces. However, the white parking lines are not clearly painted and there is actually a double set of lines. Is there a way I can fight this?
Pearl - 19-Aug-16 @ 12:37 PM
titch - Your Question:
So my husband has to have infusions every 8 weeks at the bri hospital in Bristol. now parking in the area he has a blue badge and ALWAYS displays it correctly (I make sure as I am his carer) well today 29th June 2016 he parked his car outside the eye hospital in the disabled bay at 9.30am and placed his blur badge correctly. went for his infusion but hospital had problems getting it in and he had to wait some time he had a terrible time with them poking him about anyway he returned to his car and a ticket had been issued to him at 12.23!! Now even if there was a 3 hour time wait this person was 8 minutes early placing the ticket!!!! My husband can provide evidence of his discharge from hospital as he was in the hospital for life needed medicine and this has all been caused to a nhs mess up that has also left him classed as disabled with a blue badge!!!. where does he stand on this as this is wrong!!!!.

Our Response:
Write to the issuers rejecting the ticket especially if you can prove that you were within the 3 hours limit.
NoPenaltyPoints - 1-Jul-16 @ 12:39 PM
So my husband has to have infusions every 8 weeks at the bri hospital in Bristol.. now parking in the area he has a blue badge and ALWAYS displays it correctly (I make sure as I am his carer) well today 29th June 2016 he parked his car outside the eye hospital in the disabled bay at 9.30am and placed his blur badge correctly.. went for his infusion but hospital had problems getting it in and he had to wait some time he had a terrible time with them poking him about anyway he returned to his car and a ticket had been issued to him at 12.23!! Now even if there was a 3 hour time wait this person was 8 minutes early placing the ticket!!!! My husband can provide evidence of his discharge from hospital as he was in the hospital for life needed medicine and this has all been caused to a nhs mess up that has also left him classed as disabled with a blue badge!!!.. where does he stand on this as this is wrong!!!!.
titch - 29-Jun-16 @ 2:23 PM
Jules - Your Question:
Hi, I parked on a single yellow line on Monday 2nd May 2016 (bank holiday) restricted parking between 2.00pm and 3.00pm. I got a ticket for being 4 minutes late for moving my car - I did come out to move the car but my time must be different to theirs do you think I would stand a chance if I appealed the ticket? many thanks Ju

Our Response:
We really don't know whether this would be accepted. It might be worth trying a letter of appeal if you have some evidence to back up your case.
NoPenaltyPoints - 6-May-16 @ 10:07 AM
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