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Penalty Charge Notices

3.1 The Traffic Management Act 2004 has introduced differential Penalty Charge Notices. Notices are categorized as 'Higher' or 'Lower' dependent on the severity of the parking infringement. Higher penalties are payable at £70 and lower penalties at £50. These categories are as determined in National Guidance. Figure 1 indicates where the higher or lower penalties apply and the typical observation times.

Figure 1 - Contravention Codes and Observation Times

On Street Codes Typical
Observation Time
Contravention Differential Level 
 01  5 minutes Parked in a restricted street during prescribed hours  Higher
 02  0 minutes Parked or loading/unloading in a restricted street where waiting and loading/unloading restrictions are in force  Higher
 04  5 minutes Parked in a meter bay when penalty time is indicated  Lower
 05  5 minutes Parked after the expiry of paid for time   Lower
 06  5 minutes** Parked without clearly displaying a valid pay and display ticket or voucher  Lower
 07  5 minutes Parked with payment made to extend the stay beyond initial time   Lower
 08  0 minutes  Parked at an out-of-order meter during controlled hours   Lower
 09  0 minutes Parked displaying multiple pay and display tickets where prohibited    Lower
 10  5 minutes  Parked without clearly displaying two* valid pay and display tickets when required    Lower
 11  5 minutes Parked without payment of the parking charge    Lower
 12  5 minutes Parked in a residents' or shared use parking place or zone without clearly displaying either a permit or voucher or pay and display ticket issued for that place   Higher
 13    --- Reserved for TfL use (low emission zone) ---  
 14  5 minutes Parked in an electric vehicles charging place during restricted hours without charging    Higher
 16  5 minutes Parked in a permit space without displaying a valid permit    Higher
 18  0 minutes Using a vehicle in a parking place in connection with the sale or offering or exposing for sale of goods when prohibited    Higher
 19  5 minutes Parked in a residents' or shared use parking place or zone displaying an invalid permit, an invalid voucher or an invalid pay and display ticket    Lower
 20  5 minutes Parked in a loading gap marked by a yellow line    Higher
 21  0 minutes Parked in a suspended bay or space or part of bay or space    Higher
 22  5 minutes Re-parked in the same parking place or zone within one hour*** of leaving    Lower
 23  0 minutes Parked in a parking place or area not designated for that class of vehicle    Higher
 24  0 minutes Not parked correctly within the markings of the bay or space  Lower
 25  5 minutes Parked in a loading place during restricted hours without loading  Higher
 26  0 minutes Parked in a special enforcement area more than 50 cm from the edge of the carriageway and not within a designated parking place  Higher
 27  5 minutes Parked in a special enforcement area adjacent to a dropped footway  Higher
 30  5 minutes Parked for longer than permitted  Lower
 34  0 minutes Being in a bus lane  
 35  5 minutes Parked in a disc parking place without clearly displaying a valid disc  Lower
 36  5 minutes Parked in a disc parking place for longer than permitted  Lower
 40  0 minutes Parked in a designated disabled person’s parking place without clearly displaying a valid disabled person's badge  Higher
 41  5 minutes Parked in a parking place designated for diplomatic vehicles  Higher
 42  0 minutes Parked in a parking place designated for police vehicles  Higher
 45  0 minutes Parked on a taxi rank  Higher
 46  0 minutes Stopped where prohibited (on a red route or clearway)  Higher
 47  0 minutes Stopped on a restricted bus stop or stand  Higher
 48  0 minutes Stopped in a restricted area outside a school when prohibited  Higher
 49  0 minutes Parked wholly or partly on a cycle track or lane  Higher
 55  5 minutes A commercial vehicle parked in a restricted street in contravention of the Overnight Waiting Ban  Higher
 56  0 minutes Parked in contravention of a commercial vehicle waiting restriction  Higher
 57  0 minutes Parked in contravention of a coach ban  Higher
 61  5 minutes A heavy commercial vehicle wholly or partly parked on a footway, verge or land between two carriageways  Higher
 62  0 minutes Parked with one or more wheels on or over a footpath or any part of a road other than a carriageway  Higher
 63  0 minutes Parked with engine running where prohibited  Lower
 99  0 minutes Stopped on a pedestrian crossing or crossing area marked by zigzags  Higher

 

Off Street Codes Typical
Observation Time
Contravention Differential Level
 70  5 minutes Parked in a loading area during restricted hours without reasonable excuse  Higher
 73  5 minutes Parked without payment of the parking charge  Lower
 74  0 minutes Using a vehicle in a parking place in connection with the sale or offering or exposing for sale of goods when prohibited   Higher
 77   --- Reserved for DVLA use ---   
 80  5 minutes Parked for longer than the maximum period permitted   Lower
 81  0 minutes Parked in a restricted area in a car park   Higher
 82  0 minutes Parked after the expiry of paid for time   Lower
 83  5 minutes Parked in a car park without clearly displaying a valid pay & display ticket or voucher or parking clock   Lower
 84  0 minutes Parked with additional payment made to extend the stay beyond time first purchased   Lower
 85  0 minutes Parked in a permit bay without clearly displaying a valid permit   Higher
 86  0 minutes Parked beyond the bay markings   Lower
 87  0 minutes Parked in a designated disabled person’s parking place without displaying a valid disabled person’s badge in the prescribed manner   Higher
 89  0 minutes Vehicle parked exceeds maximum weight or height or length permitted in the area   Higher
 90  0 minutes Re-parked within one hour*** of leaving a bay or space in a car park   Lower
 91  0 minutes Parked in a car park or area not designated for that class of vehicle  Higher
 92  0 minutes Parked causing an obstruction  Higher
 93  0 minutes Parked in car park when closed  Lower
 94  5 minutes Parked in a pay and display car park without clearly displaying two* valid pay and display tickets when required  Lower
 95  5 minutes Parked in a parking place for a purpose other than the designated purpose for the parking place  Lower
 96  5 minutes Parked with engine running where prohibited  Lower

* Or other number required

** Motorists are not permitted time to obtain change away from the immediate area of the P&D machine or car park. Civil Enforcement Officers should observe queues at ticket machines and/or pedestrians who may be seeking change or returning to the vehicle in question, before issuing a Penalty Charge Notice.

*** or other specified time.

Penalty Charge Notice - Content

4.0 The Penalty Charge Notice will contain all details as stipulated under National Guidance and a number of photographs will be taken to clearly show both the registration number and the parking contravention. Recipients of Penalty Charge Notices will be given the option of paying the Notice via telephone (0845 5201357), pay online, via cheque payable to Nottinghamshire County Council posted to The Central Processing Unit, P.O. Box 10282, Sutton-in-Ashfield, NG17 0DX or in person at the appropriate District or Borough Council Offices.

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