I’ve received a parking ticket from a local authority
Parking on public land is mostly managed by local authorities and they do this by hiring parking attendants who issue penalty charge notices, they will either be handed to you directly or fixed to the car.
If you accept the charge then the notice will tell you how much to pay, how to pay and how long you have to make the payment (usually 28 days).
If you disagree with the charge, then you will have the opportunity to appeal to the local authority that it was issued from again the process for appealing and how long you’ll have to do this will be explained on the notice.
- You can appeal a penalty charge notice on the grounds that;
- You weren’t the car’s owner at the time it was parked, you’ll have to provide proof of this for example the DVLA registration form.
- Your car had broken down, again you’ll likely have to provide evidence of this.
- It wasn’t properly designated as having parking restrictions.
If your appeal is rejected, then the local authority must send you a notice of rejection along with details on how you can take your appeal to the Parking and Bus Lane Tribunal for Scotland.
Phone: 0330 123 5581
Should you choose to not appeal or pay the penalty charge notice you’ll be issued with a reminder, it’s called a ‘notice to owner’. If you don’t pay after receiving the reminder, you’ll be issued with a ‘charge certificate’ and the penalty will increase by 50%. If you still refuse to pay the local authority can take you to court.
Police and Traffic Wardens
Tickets issued by the police or traffic wardens are called fixed penalty notices. You will usually have 21 days to respond a fixed penalty and the amount may be reduced if you pay within a set period of time. If you don’t agree then you have the option of having.
If you don’t pay then you’ll be issued with a reminder, it’s called a ‘notice to owner’. If you don’t pay after receiving the reminder, you’ll be issued with a ‘charge certificate’ and the penalty will increase by 50%. Not paying can be criminal and your at risk of being sent to prison.