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What happens after you've received a parking ticket?

If you have been given a parking ticket (a PCN) it is because you have broken a parking restriction. You can find an explanation of why you have received the PCN on the ticket.

Every PCN has a unique number. You will need this number to:

The worst thing you can do is ignore a PCN - it WON'T go away and it WILL cost you more.

  • If you don't pay or make an informal challenge within 14 days you will become liable for the full charge of the PCN (£70 or £50).
  • If you don't pay the full charge (£70 or £50) within 28 days of the PCN being given, a notice to owner will be sent to the DVLA registered keeper. 
  • After 28 days from the day you receive the notice to owner, if you still haven't paid or made a representation a charge certificate will be sent and the penalty charge increases by a further 50% (£105 or £75). If you receive a charge certificate you must pay the charge within 14 days. There is no right to make a challenge at this stage. 
  • If you still do not pay the charge, it may be registered as a debt in the County Court and debt recovery will be pursued, using bailiffs. The bailiffs will charge you for this.

How much is the penalty charge notice?

The penalty charge is either £70 or £50. Your PCN will show how much the fine is. 

You will be able to get a 50% reduction if payment of the PCN is made within 14 days of the date of issue. Once you have paid the PCN you have accepted liability for the penalty charge and can no longer make a challenge against the PCN.

Why are there two different charges?

More serious violations = £70 (discounted to £35 if paid within 14 days)
This is normally where the driver of the vehicle is regarded as having taken no steps to park correctly. For example, where the vehicle has been parked on yellow lines, in a disabled bay without the required permit or at a bus stop/stand.

Less serious violations = £50 (discounted to £25 if paid within 14 days)
This is where the driver of the vehicle has attempted to park correctly. For example where they are displaying an expired pay and display ticket for the date in question. 

The charges have been set by the Department for Transport and are identified by the contravention code the penalty charge notice has been issued on. The civil enforcement officers have no discretion when issuing the penalty charge notice if it to be of the higher or lower charge.

What are the reasons for getting a parking ticket?

Parking in contravention of the parking restrictions cause congestion and inconvenience pedestrians, cyclists, the disabled, delivery vehicles, the emergency services and local transport networks. It can also be dangerous. If your car is causing a safety hazard, source of congestion or obstruction the Police may remove it. All parking restrictions are indicated by signs and markings on the road.

A contravention code appears on the PCN issued to your vehicle. This code tells the driver or owner why the ticket has been issued. Our Guide to penalty charge notice (PCN) pages explain what each code means and why a parking notice was issued. It also provides guidance on how to appeal against the PCN.