When is a PCN issued?
A PCN (parking fine) will be issued on a vehicle considered to be parking in contravention of the restrictions. This may mean for example that the vehicle is parked on a single or double yellow line, in a disabled space without displaying a valid permit or the vehicle has overstayed in a limited waiting bay. Each contravention has a specific code and they are listed in the Operational Guidance.
Once the PCN has been issued it cannot be cancelled by the Civil Enforcement Officer. However, drivers who feel that a PCN has been issued wrongly have the right to challenge the PCN.
How much does a PCN cost?
There are two different penalties that an Enforcement Officer can issue dependant on the parking contravention committed. For certain offences, such as overstaying in a limited waiting area, the notice amount is £50 although this is reduced to £25 if paid within 14 days. For more serious offences, such as parking on double yellow lines, the amount is £70 although this is reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days. The contraventions that result in higher or lower charges are listed in the Operational Guidance.
Paying for a PCN
If you have received a Penalty Charge Notice you can make the payment online.
Failure to pay within 28 days will lead to the Parking Partnership getting the details of the vehicle's registered owner and issuing a ‘Notice to Owner’ demanding full payment. Further delays will lead to debt registration, a further increase in the PCN amount and ultimately to bailiff enforcement. Read more information about the use of bailiffs [PDF]
Challenging a PCN
If you would like to challenge your Penalty Charge Notice you can make a challenge online.