Challenge a parking fine

How to challenge or appeal a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN)

The statutory grounds for challenging (appealing) an incorrectly issued Penalty Charge Notice are if:

  • the offence did not occur
  • the penalty charge exceeds the correct amount
  • the traffic order was invalid
  • you were not the owner or keeper of the vehicle at the time of the offence
  • the vehicle had been taken without your consent
  • you are a hire firm and have supplied the name of the person hiring the vehicle
  • the Council has made an administrative error
  • you have already paid the relevant fine on time
How to challenge a fine

You should challenge the parking fine within 14 days. You can use the instructions on the back of the Penalty Charge Notice or through our website.

You can't make an appeal by phone.
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Challenge a parking fine

If your appeal is rejected

If we reject your appeal you have another 14 days to pay at the reduced rate. If payment is not received within a further 14 days, you will receive a “Notice to Owner” (NTO). This allows you 28 days to pay the full £50 or £70, depending on the level of your fine. Alternatively, you can make a formal representation.

If we reject your appeal and you’re not satisfied with our response you may wish to make a formal appeal to an independent parking adjudicator with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal. The decision reached by the Traffic Penalty Tribunal will be final and costs may be awarded against either party.

Visit the Patrol website for further information.

Update on your appeal

To get an update on a parking appeal you can email [email protected].