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What to do if you get a Parking Ticket

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 23 Jan 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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If you have been unlucky enough to return to your vehicle to find a parking ticket tucked underneath your windscreen wiper - don’t fear you’re not alone. With over 8 million parking tickets issued in 2005 alone, most of us have fallen foul of the curse of the parking inspector at one time or another.

Why did I get a ticket?

If you have received a Parking Ticket, the person who issued it has determined that you have parked your car somewhere you’re not allowed to. This might be a genuine error on your part – but the law treats those who have parked illegally by mistake in exactly the same way as those who do it on purpose.

Signs and markings around the area you were parked in should give you a clue as to why you got a ticket. You may have got one because you were parked in a restricted or permit-only area, because your car park ‘pay and display’ ticket fell off your windscreen and out of sight – or maybe your parking meter ran out because you were just a few minutes late.

I drove away before they gave me the ticket. Will I get it through the post?

This is tricky because it depends on who was issuing the ticket. If it was a council parking attendant, they actually have to hand you the ticket or fix it to your car. If you drive away and later you get a Notice to Owner (NtO) through the post, you should write to the council that issued it and explain the situation. Because of the legislation involved, it’s quite likely you will be able to get this ticket cancelled. Even if they refuse to cancel it you still have a good chance of winning should you Choose to Appeal.

This changes if it was a traffic warden or a police officer issuing the ticket. In this situation, should you drive away, the ticket will be sent onto your home and you will be bound to pay. This is because these officials are bound by different legislation that allows them to send it onto you later if you avoid being issued with the ticket.

I got back 5 minutes after my meter ran out and my car already had a ticket. I thought I was supposed to get a few minutes ‘grace’?

This is a common misconception. Traffic wardens are expected to issue a ticket as soon as they see someone parked illegally. Best thing to do is overestimate the time you need to be parked at the meter in case you get held up.

So How do I go about Paying?

Once issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) you will be expected to pay the fine of £60. If you pay within 2 weeks (14 days) the amount owed will be reduced to £30. There will be details of how to pay on the PCN and usually you can pay in a variety of ways including cheque, postal order, debit card etc.

I still don’t think I should have been issued this ticket. Can I appeal?

You can. If you think the PCN has been issued wrongly you must make your reasons known as soon as you can by writing to the address on the PCN. By law, appeals must be in writing and must be valid – i.e. no ‘I was only gone 2 minutes’ or your claim will be rejected. A decision will be made and you will be made aware of the outcome. If you sent your letter of appeal within 14 days and your PCN is not cancelled, you will be given another 14 days to pay at the reduced rate of £30. (see our other articles on ‘appealing against a parking ticket’).

What happens if I don’t pay up on time?

If you don’t pay within 14 days, the amount of the fine will go back up to £60. If you don’t pay within 28 days then the owner of the car will be contacted by letter, and asked to make the full payment. The owner can either pay the £60 or make an official representation to the issuing body (usually a local council) who will then decide whether or not to cancel the PCN. If the PCN is not cancelled and you still wish to appeal, you will be sent details of how to do so through the independent body ‘National Parking Adjudication Service’ (NPAS) If after this you still haven’t paid or have not asked for a hearing for your case, the fine will rise to £90 and will be recovered through the County Court.

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i live in a close and there is limited parking at night so a lotof us who don't have a drive way double park..last night just like any other I parked in front of my daughters car and when I got up today I have been given a parking ticket. this has never happened before.. the ticket is saying thatI did not park close enough to a carrideway can I contest this as there was no obstruction and what about when I want to park again.
tinnie - 23-Jan-17 @ 2:43 PM
I pulled up on double yellow lines and jumped out of the vehicle to get sum change from the shop.. my girlfriend was in the car in the passenger seat a parking attendant came over an was looking at the car.. my girlfriend thought he was taking pictures an got out of the car to ask him what he was doing?? as she did so he walked away with that I come out the shop get back in the car and drive round the corner Park up.. when I get back to the vehicle there's a parking ticket on the windscreen.. when I open the parking ticket it's says the Barton Road the road is just left I was now on a different road which your allowed to park on.. so he followed me around to put a ticket on my car from another road.. I put in an appeal but not heard anything I've seen the pictures that he tuck from Barton Road it's only half the car as my girlfriend was in passenger the engine was still running an also in the pictures it does not show the ticket on my car on Barton Road ..
kevkev - 16-Jan-17 @ 11:28 PM
Hello I have received a fine for parking in an unused disabled spot outside my house the chap that used it died about 5 years ago it is the only parking space on the street during the day there are several other disabled bays on the street that are sign posted to display blue badges which I do not park in but the one outside my house has had the sign posts taken down the council has rejected my appeal but disagree any advice would be useful
Dickyt - 28-Dec-16 @ 11:43 PM
oscar - Your Question:
I take 3 mins to buy a picking ticket coz I run out of change. But the guy still give me picking fine. I think at least we should have 5 mins to buy a parking ticket not 3. Any one know how long do we have to buy a parking ticket?

Our Response:
If you can prove that you can actually bought the ticket you should appeal this, sounds like an over-zealous parking attendant.
NoPenaltyPoints - 10-Nov-16 @ 9:56 AM
i take 3 mins to buy a picking ticket coz i run out of change. But the guy still give me picking fine. i think at least we should have 5 mins to buy a parking ticket not 3. Any one know how long do we have to buy a parking ticket?
oscar - 9-Nov-16 @ 9:08 AM
CG - Your Question:
Hi, has anyone got any advice on dealing with a PCN issued for parking on a grass verge inside of double yellow lines? The PCN said '01 Parked in a restricted street during presribed hours'.I have appealed on the basis that I was not on the yellow's and I was parked on an unkempt verge which was not obstructing anything.Appeal turned down. I've looked at the stretch of road where I got the ticket, and the end of the double yellow's further up the road are worn, the lines are uneven and there is no Tbar. Does this mean the double yellow lines are invalid?The other thing I have just realised now, is that the ticket was issued at 2pm and the parking restrictions I assume applying to my ticket are 10am-12noon. These restrictions are displayed around the corner on another road (the yellow lines start on another street and are continuous round the corner into road I got a ticket on).Thanks for any advice!CG

Our Response:
It sounds to us as though you have enough grounds to dispute this on the basis of the times alone if your vehicle was not actually parked there during the restricted period (if it was you will not be able to argue this point). Some local authorites (like London) specifically prevent parking on pavements and verges.You might need a chat with a solicitor to help you get through this one.
NoPenaltyPoints - 2-Nov-16 @ 10:59 AM
Hi, has anyone got any advice on dealing with a PCN issued for parking on a grass verge inside of double yellow lines? The PCN said '01 Parked in a restricted street during presribed hours'. I have appealed on the basis that I was not on the yellow's and I was parked on an unkempt verge which was not obstructing anything. Appeal turned down. I've looked at the stretch of road where I got the ticket, and the end of the double yellow's further up the road are worn, the lines are uneven and there is no Tbar. Does this mean the double yellow lines are invalid? The other thing I have just realised now, is that the ticket was issued at 2pm and the parking restrictions I assume applying to my ticket are 10am-12noon. These restrictions are displayed around the corner on another road (the yellow lines start on another street and are continuous round the corner into road I got a ticket on). Thanks for any advice! CG
CG - 1-Nov-16 @ 3:53 PM
How much is the penalty?for parking in a residents bay without residents Parking permits
lol - 14-Aug-15 @ 8:10 AM
@helen. If you have proof and have appealed, they should throw it out. Let us know how you get on.
NoPenaltyPoints - 29-Jun-15 @ 10:00 AM
I park in the same euro car park everyday I have now had two tickets for no ticket when on both occasions I have tickets displayed ???I had proof i brought these tickets with my bank card on the dates - any advice ????? I have appealed both by the way and heard nothing yet??
Helen - 22-Jun-15 @ 8:27 PM
I got a 30£ fixed penalty notice for parking on double yellows opposite my house. Everyone parks there and I have done so for over two years. Its a village. the code on the ticket was 06 i was led to believe this referred to park and display -- does this invalidate the ticket?
buddha9 - 12-Aug-14 @ 3:30 PM
I am a blue badge holder and have been using my current badge for over 2 years, in this time I never noticed that the expiry date on the badge is 30/12/2014. And it would seem neither have any other attendant as I park my car in the same place that was until last week when I was issued a ticket for having the wrong expiry date on the badge. Now the appeal lot have said that I should have noticed the date error so the ticket will stand. Even though the team at the council admitted it was there error the appeal lot are not interested....what can I do
livingstondriver - 2-Jul-14 @ 11:22 PM
I inadvertently parked in a disable bay, outside a building society to use cash machine. I was literally 60 seconds (Ticket shows from: 09.36 to 09.37) 1 minute. I accept this error was careless, (I should have been more aware of the sign on the post) ...but is 1 minute really not excusable?
Snoopy - 26-Oct-13 @ 12:53 PM
got a parking ticket where I'd paid and displayed and parked in a correct place where I have done for the last three years, appealed it a day after that was roughly about 3 weeks ago when will I hear back!!? Anyone help?
Letherington - 20-Jun-13 @ 6:29 PM
It is always worth appealing if you think you were not in the wrong, they may take it into account.Either send your payment ticket into them or scan it in and attach it to an email, proving you had every intention of paying and that you thought you were in a pay and display place. Even photograph the sign if it is possible, that you were abiding by. Explain that you were under a misapprehension that the bay you were parked in was governed by this sign.
Shum - 6-May-13 @ 1:12 AM
I have bought a parking ticket and parked in a place where I thought, I could park but I ended up getting a PCN although I have not seen ticket on my car. They said you parked a place reserved for business holders permit and there is a pay and display board near by I confused with the signs as I was in hurry what could I do now I need advice whether I could appeal or not. Thanks
Noot - 11-Apr-13 @ 9:54 AM
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