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How to Appeal a Parking Ticket

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 10 Jan 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Parking Ticket Appeal Peo Traffic Warden

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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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
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
Jules - 4-May-16 @ 1:54 PM
Today I visited Mansfield with my disabled badge. I parked on a street with double yellows and a disabled bay. Being legally able to park on either on the yellows or in the bay. I arived to face the decision to park fully on the yellows or with front of veichel on the bay and th rear of the car on yellows thus causing minium congestion. I returned to find a parking ticket on my car. And half the community in an uproar at the attitude of the traffic warden who thaught it better to parkon yellows nearer the junction than get my vehicle out of the way . Raising the question is this warden interested in the smooth running of the towns traffic and parking order. Or just how much money he can raise. Good question a.
Phil - 21-Apr-16 @ 5:27 PM
Little john - Your Question:
I received a parking ticket for the city of Raleigh North Carolina, I haven't been there in almost a year. Raleigh is a 3 hour drive from my house, the ticket is for somewhere in Raleigh at 10:03 am. I went to work on that day at 2:00 pm. On that day I would have been asleep untill noon then got ready and went to work at 1:00 pm. I never seen the orgial ticket. On or about the 20th of March I was sent a letter saying I had 21 days from the date of the ticket to dispute it, so I did on-line, what do you think, the letter didn't have a discreption or a picture? Does this happen a lot, type in or write in the wrong plate numbers? I'm the only one that uses my truck, the only time someone uses it is on long drives my wife may drive while I sleep.

Our Response:
Sorry but we are a UK based website, so can only offer information/advice on the UK. If you can prove that you were not there at the time, there should be no problem with them dropping the charge.
NoPenaltyPoints - 4-Apr-16 @ 10:28 AM
I received a parking ticket for the city of Raleigh North Carolina, I haven't been there in almost a year. Raleigh is a 3 hour drive from my house, the ticket is for somewhere in Raleigh at 10:03 am. I went to work on that day at 2:00 pm. On that day I would have been asleep untill noon then got ready and went to work at 1:00 pm. I never seen the orgial ticket. On or about the 20th of March I was sent a letter saying I had 21 days from the date of the ticket to dispute it, so I did on-line, what do you think, the letter didn't have a discreption or a picture? Does this happen a lot, type in or write in the wrong plate numbers? I'm the only one that uses my truck, the only time someone uses it is on long drives my wife may drive while I sleep.
Little john - 1-Apr-16 @ 5:59 AM
Murdy - Your Question:
I have recently had a disabled parking bay installed outside my home. However neighbours regularly park their cars with their wheels right up to the parking bay,with the body of the car overhanging the parking bay. This often happens at both ends of the parking bay, making it difficult for me to park in the restricted space that is left. Are these people breaking the law.? If so, should I contact the police or the local council?

Our Response:
This depends on the nature of the parking bay... A disabled bay road marking can be either ‘advisory’ or ‘mandatory’. It's an advisory disabled bay road marking no action can be taken by the police or the council. A mandatory disabled bay road marking is enforceable by law - report it to your local council or the police.
NoPenaltyPoints - 31-Mar-16 @ 12:25 PM
Sheikh - Your Question:
There is a car already parked on a single Disabled bay, but there is enough room to park another car between the Disabled bay and another car in front of the bay. However, if I was to park in that space, my front wheels would be inside the Disabled bay, could I get a ticket for that?

Our Response:
Yes you would. Generally if you cannot park your entire vehicle within a defined parking space you can be penalised for it.
NoPenaltyPoints - 30-Mar-16 @ 12:19 PM
I have recently had a disabled parking bay installed outside my home. However neighbours regularly park their cars with their wheels right up to the parking bay,with the body of the car overhanging the parking bay. This often happens at both ends of the parking bay, making it difficult for me to park in the restricted space that is left. Are these people breaking the law.? If so, should I contact the police or the local council?
Murdy - 28-Mar-16 @ 10:46 PM
There is a car already parked on a single Disabled bay, but there is enough room to park another car between the Disabled bay and another car in front of the bay. However, if I was to park in that space, my front wheels would be inside the Disabled bay, could I get a ticket for that?
Sheikh - 28-Mar-16 @ 12:54 PM
Got a ticket posted to me , picked up my daughter from Nottingham , wasn't put on windscreen or handed , we were carrying stuff upstairs and his ticket shows 10 minutes , sure there's a legal amount of time you are allowed
Vinny - 12-Mar-16 @ 4:46 PM
Hey, A local coop has completely closed and they have cordoned off the car park while doing work to it. The surrounding area is the only place people can park to get into the centre. I parked in a disabled bay along with several others without badges - due to the shop not even being there i didn't think I would be issued with a fine. The warden issued it within 2 minutes of me being here - I returned within 5 minutes. Can I appeal this? Thank you :)
Hollie - 2-Mar-16 @ 1:49 PM
Hey, I got a parking ticket, I noticed that it says under colour of the vehicle as literally no colour at all. I don't suppose there are grounds to appeal this? Thanks,
WH - 21-Feb-16 @ 10:14 PM
Ravi - Your Question:
Hi, I pay for parking everyday using the phone and pay app, I just noticed at 2:30pm that I don't have an active session for today and therefore my transaction never went through this morning. As soon as I realised this I went back on to the app and paid for the full day but have a feeling someone would have already been round by then. Do I stand any chance in appealing considering I have a history of paying for parking regularly and correctly or should I bite the bullet?

Our Response:
Do you have any evidence that you attempted to complete the transaction earlier in the day? If not, then you will find it difficult to argue except that if it's something you do every day, that may be sufficient demonstration of your intention/failure of the app.
NoPenaltyPoints - 19-Feb-16 @ 11:55 AM
Tattoocraig31 - Your Question:
I just got a parking fine outside my house. I have a permit in the window but it was covered with snow and the warden only wiped of a small section. I have taken photo evidence can I appeal this?

Our Response:
We suggest you do. Unless there are very specific instructions about where to display your permit, this sounds like unreasonable action on the part of the traffic warden.
NoPenaltyPoints - 19-Feb-16 @ 9:37 AM
Hi, I pay for parking everyday using the phone and pay app, I just noticed at 2:30pm that I don't have an active session for today and therefore my transaction never went through this morning.As soon as I realised this I went back on to the app and paid for the full day but have a feeling someone would have already been round by then.Do I stand any chance in appealing considering I have a history of paying for parking regularly and correctly or should I bite the bullet?
Ravi - 18-Feb-16 @ 3:18 PM
I just got a parking fine outside my house. I have a permit in the window but it was covered with snow and the warden only wiped of a small section. I have taken photo evidence can I appeal this?
Tattoocraig31 - 17-Feb-16 @ 10:56 AM
Hello, hope this note finds you well. As a county employee is there any help either my ticket. I'm having financial hardship. Thank you any information will help. God bless!!!
Sammy - 31-Jan-16 @ 8:39 AM
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