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Parking ticket challenge

Common challenges that are unlikely to succeed at appeal

Members of the public are entitled to appeal against a PCN and this will be properly considered before a decision is made. However, the following examples are for guidance only, should you consider making an appeal.

  • Parking outside of marked bays - wheels beyond lines or not in a marked bay at all. 
  • Over staying parking time paid for. Stuck in a queue or forgetting the time is not acceptable. Only exceptional circumstances are considered and supporting evidence will be required. A grace period of 10 minutes is given, after this a fine will be issued.
  • Parking in permit holders bay without displaying the correct parking permit, even if you have purchased parking time or displaying a blue badge.
  • Parking in bays designated for other users, for example blue badge holders, taxis and bus stops.
  • Double yellow lines - parking is not permitted unless you are loading / unloading or picking up / dropping off passengers. Officers will observe a vehicle to ensure that this activity is occurring. Blue badge holder see your rights and responsibilities.
  • Single yellow lines - parking is not permitted during restricted times for a single yellow line unless you are loading / unloading or picking up / dropping off passengers. Officers will observe a vehicle to ensure that this activity is occurring. There will be a sign near by which tells you when the restriction is in force. If it is a Controlled Parking Zone, the parking restriction signage will be displayed at the entrance to the zone. Blue badge holder see your rights and responsibilities.

Before filling in this form

  1. View photos of your vehicle to see why the PCN was issued.
  2. If you still wish to challenge this PCN please complete this online form. You'll need your Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) reference number. It's on the parking ticket, or on letters from us about the incident. 
  3. Once we have received your challenge, your case will be put on hold. Should your appeal be successful, we will write/email to advise you that the PCN will be cancelled. If not, providing you appealed within 14 days of the PCN being issued, you will be given another 14 days in which to pay at the discounted rate. If you appeal outside this 14 day deadline, then full details of the Penalty Charge Notice process can be found on the PATROL website.

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