Skip advert
Advertisement
Tips & advice

How to appeal a parking ticket: pcn appeals explained

Got a gripe with a parking fine, clamping episode, or penalty charge notice? Appealing a parking ticket in the UK is quick and simple online

UK’s parking ticket lottery

Rather astonishingly, around 10 million parking tickets find their way onto unsuspecting windscreens here in the UK each year.  For council's, parking tickets, or more formally ‘penalty charge notices’ represent hundreds of millions of pounds in revenue.

While we are not here to tirade at traffic wardens or councils, as these good folk receive a healthy portion of abuse from angry drivers on a daily basis without us chipping in, we are here to help guide you through the parking ticket appeal process. So if you are unfairly ticketed, you’ll have a fighting chance of dodging the fine. Despite the indignant anger that often surfaces when you receive a parking ticket, the truth is that the majority of the time the motorist is guilty of the offence and parking tickets do help keep our streets running smoothly - or at least as close to smoothly as we can expect. Also, the money raised from fines for breaking parking laws is used by the council in other important areas.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Dartford Crossing tolls: your guide to Dart Charge

Of the millions of parking tickets issued each year in the UK, there is only a select few which are legitimately debatable.  The majority of the population know when they are been caught fairly by law, pay the fine and go on their way grumbling about it for the next two months.  However, some fines are issued unfairly and it is in these cases that one should grab a computer (or pen and paper), and write a well structured email (or letter).

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement - Article continues below

Fortunately, the way to challenge parking ticket penalty charge notices has recently got a lot easier, thanks to a new website designed to allow motorists to appeal via smartphone, tablet or PC. The website is run by the Traffic Penalty Tribunal (TPT), and if you think you’ve got a good case for having been ticketed unfairly, it’s worth doing. Currently just 0.5 per cent of drivers who get a fine appeal to TPT yet half of those who do are successful.

The TPT is the body that deals with parking ticket claims for most councils in England, apart from London. The website takes away the need for the slow process of submitting paper evidence via post. Video and photographic evidence can be uploaded on the new system, too.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Grounds for appealing a parking ticket are fairly limited, but the successful appeals are usually in cases when signage or road markings are shown to be unclear, there’s been a problem with a ticketing machine, or a traffic warden has been overzealous.

Fines for parking or bus lane contraventions (outside of London) in England and Wales will also be able to be appealed with the new service along with penalties for the Dartford Crossing and Durham congestion charge.

Motorists can appeal to the TPT if they think a penalty has been wrongly issued against them, but only after a challenge to the authority which issued the penalty has been formally rejected.

The online setup, will not only make it easier but quicker, too, with the TPT able to rule on cases in a matter of days rather than weeks.

Caroline Sheppard, Chief Adjudicator of the TPT, says: “Getting a parking ticket can be a frustrating experience, but our new portal makes the appeals process quicker, simpler and more transparent, putting paid to the old adage that ‘the wheels of justice grind slowly’.

“The platform has already generated considerable interest from other areas of the UK judiciary because it is fast, efficient, accessible and will bring cost savings to local authorities as well as simplifying the process for those appealing.”

Start your appeal here at The Traffic Penalty Tribunal website.

Do you think the new parking ticket appeal system is a good idea? Let us know in the comments section...

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Banned car number plates: naughty 74-reg number plates deemed too rude for the roads
Number plates
News

Banned car number plates: naughty 74-reg number plates deemed too rude for the roads

The DVLA has revealed its list of new-for-2024 number plates judged too saucy for the streets, and there are plenty of potential shockers on the banne…
10 Apr 2024
Car tax 2024: how does UK VED road tax work and how much will it cost you?
car tax calculator
Tips & advice

Car tax 2024: how does UK VED road tax work and how much will it cost you?

Confused by VED road tax? Our comprehensive guide explains how much you'll pay to tax your next car in the 2024/25 financial year
9 Apr 2024
‘Greedy’ UK car insurers blamed as soaring premiums far exceed rise in payouts
Car insurance form, car key and a model car
News

‘Greedy’ UK car insurers blamed as soaring premiums far exceed rise in payouts

Do modest price rises abroad - as low as 2 per cent in France - prove car insurance companies are ripping-off British drivers?
8 Apr 2024
New ‘24’ plate boosts UK new car sales in March after “two tough years”
DVLA V5C document and car keys
News

New ‘24’ plate boosts UK new car sales in March after “two tough years”

According to the SMMT, over 300,000 new cars have received the new ‘24’ registration plate so far, with new car sales up 10% year-on-year
4 Apr 2024

Most Popular

New 2024 Vauxhall Frontera is a family-friendly SUV priced to worry rivals
Vauxhall Frontera - front
News

New 2024 Vauxhall Frontera is a family-friendly SUV priced to worry rivals

Vauxhall’s value-focused Frontera SUV will replace the Crossland with ICE and EV powertrains
9 Apr 2024
Car Deal of the Day: stylish Peugeot 2008 is a steal at an incredible £142 a month
Peugeot 2008 facelift - full front
News

Car Deal of the Day: stylish Peugeot 2008 is a steal at an incredible £142 a month

Buyers can snap up the Peugeot 2008 small SUV at a bargain price; it’s our Car Deal of the Day for 10 April at just £142 a month
10 Apr 2024
Alfa Romeo Milano 2024 preview: walkaround, specs and full details
Alfa Romeo Milano - front 3/4 static
News

Alfa Romeo Milano 2024 preview: walkaround, specs and full details

Alfa Romeo re-entered the small SUV sector with the new Milano offered in pure electric and petrol forms
12 Apr 2024