How To Appeal A
Parking Ticket

Snapshot of a vehicles with a penalty charge notice attached to the windshield, indicating a parking violation

Receiving a parking ticket can be frustrating, but it's essential to understand that you have the right to appeal if you believe the ticket was issued unfairly. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the process of appealing a parking ticket, whether it was issued on council land or private land, and provide valuable insights into your rights and the relevant legal considerations.

The first step is discovering the different authorities and laws surrounding fines, and identifying which one specifically has been issued to you.

Council Land or Private Land Issued

The first step in appealing a parking ticket is to determine whether it was issued on council land or private land. Parking tickets issued by local authorities on council-owned land are known as Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs), while those issued by private parking operators on privately owned land are called Parking Charge Notices (PCNs) or Excess Charge Notices (ECNs).

PCNs Issued by Local Authorities

If you've received a PCN from a local authority, you typically have the option to appeal the ticket. The appeal process may vary depending on the issuing authority, but it usually involves submitting your reasons for contesting the ticket along with any supporting evidence. If your initial appeal is rejected, you may have further recourse to independent adjudication services, such as London Tribunals in London or the Traffic Penalty Tribunal in England and Wales.

PCNs Issued by Traffic Enforcement Centre

PCNs issued by the Traffic Enforcement Centre (TEC) typically pertain to vehicle emission penalties, London Road User Charging (Congestion Charging), or Bus Lane Encroachment penalties for London Boroughs. If you receive a PCN from TEC, you'll need to follow the specific instructions provided on the ticket for appealing the fine or challenging the charges through the relevant legal channels.

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Excess Charge Notices (ECNs)

Excess Charge Notices (ECNs) may be issued by local authorities in certain circumstances, depending on the legislation they operate under. Similar to PCNs, ECNs can be appealed if you believe the charges were issued unfairly or inaccurately. It's crucial to review the details of the ECN carefully and follow the prescribed appeal process outlined by the issuing authority.

What the law says?

Understanding the legal framework surrounding parking enforcement is essential when appealing a parking ticket. Various laws and regulations govern the issuance of PCNs, ECNs, and other parking fines, including the Road Traffic Act 1984 and the Traffic Management Act 2004. Familiarizing yourself with relevant legislation can strengthen your appeal case and help you navigate the appeals process more effectively.

What Are Your Rights?

As a motorist, you have certain rights when it comes to parking enforcement and appealing parking tickets. These rights include the right to contest a ticket if you believe it was issued unfairly, the right to receive clear and accurate information about the charges, and the right to appeal to an independent adjudication service if necessary. Understanding your rights empowers you to challenge unjust fines and seek a fair resolution to parking disputes.

The Court of Appeal in April 2015 dismissed an appeal brought by Barry Beavis, against Parking Eye and in doing so confirmed that in general the operation and management of parking on private land, the associated charges, and legal context are legitimate, proportionate and fair.Their Lordships accepted that landowners do have the right to manage their land, impose charges at a level which deters motorists from overstaying or not complying with published terms and conditions and allows the car park to be managed effectively and that Parliament has endorsed this principle in the Protection of Freedoms Act.The Court of Appeal did not consider a parking charge of £85 issued by a private parking company as unenforceable or unfair, since it was not extravagant or unconscionable and compares with those charges applied by local authorities in similar circumstances. The Appeal Court all accepted that the parking charge made in this case was not a penalty but a deterrent, and the issue of genuine pre-estimate of loss is not relevant.

Our Step-by-Step Process of appealing a PCN, Parking Fine or Penalty Charge Notice

Review & Check Your PCN

Carefully review the PCN details, including the reason for the charge, the date, time, and location of the alleged violation to ensure it is accurate and matches your details.

Gather Any Evidence Which May be Relevant

This could include photographs of signage or road markings, receipts or tickets, witness statements, or any other relevant documentation

Understand Grounds for Appeal

If you believe it has been unlawfully issued, choose the grounds that best apply to your case and formulate your appeal accordingly.

Carefully Craft Your Appeal Letter

Compose a clear and concise appeal letter outlining your reasons for disputing the PCN. Our advanced AI powered tool can put you in the best position for a successful appeal.

Submit Your Appeal On Time

Once you've drafted your appeal letter and gathered all supporting evidence, carefully review and submit it to the relevant authority within the specified timeframe. Keep copies of all correspondence and documents for your ownrecords.

Alternatively, if you disagree with the adjudicator's decision, explore any further options for dispute available to you under the law.By following this step-by-step process, you can effectively appeal a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) and seek a fair resolution to your parking dispute. Remember to gather evidence, adhere to deadlines, and remain persistent in advocating for your case throughout the appeals process.

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