Parking contraventions

Parking Penalty Charge Notice (PCN)

The Road Traffic Act 1991 (RTA) was introduced to decriminalise parking fines, allowing local authorities to issue penalty charge notices (PCNs) for contraventions such as parking on yellow lines, footway parking, not displaying valid pay and display tickets or parking permits within a controlled parking zone (CPZ).

The powers of the RTA were officially handed over to local authorities by the Secretary of State in 1994. From 31 March 2008, the parking enforcement provisions in the RTA were replaced by the Traffic Management Act 2004 (TMA).  Decriminalised parking enforcement (DPE) is now known as civil parking enforcement (CPE).  Parking attendants (PAs) are now known as civil enforcement officers (CEOs).


The differential parking penalties system means that two levels of charges are payable for a penalty charge notice (PCN) - a higher rate and a lower rate

Parking penalties at the higher rate:

  • £110 reduced to £55 if paid within 14 days from the date of issue of the penalty charge notice

Parking penalties at the lower rate:

  • £60 reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days from the date of issue of the penalty charge notice

What to do if you receive a PCN

You will receive the PCN affixed to your vehicle or handed to the driver by one of our CEOs. The PCN will be inside a yellow envelope and will have all the details you need on it. There will be the reason the PCN has been issued along with details on how to pay and how to make a challenge.

We can also post a PCN, if a parking contravention is observed via a closed circuit television (CCTV) camera, or if a CEO is prevented from issuing a PCN, or if a vehicle drives away before the CEO can affix the PCN to the vehicle or hand it to the driver.

How to pay your PCN

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