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Will You get Fined if you Park There?

By: Simon McBride - Updated: 7 Dec 2016 | comments*Discuss
 
Will You Get Fined If You Park There?

There are never enough parking places when you need one but don’t park your vehicle anywhere. If you do you could get fined, clamped or even towed away depending where you leave it and how long for. If you do leave your vehicle unattended and in an illegal parking place you may come back to find what’s known as a PCN (Penalty Charge Notice) attached to the windscreen. If you think that you have done nothing wrong you can appeal the charge however this must be received within 14 days of the charge being issued.

Where to Park

The lowdown of where to park and what to do.

Council Operated Car Parks

Council operated car parks are usually well run and maintained and you may find that they are also cheaper than rival parks. This is a good place to start when looking for a space for your vehicle. However, it’s not all plain sailing, as the majority of these car parks will have restrictions such as the maximum length of stay.

Tickets can usually be bought from a machine and normally you will have to display the ticket in your car or in some cases you can pay when you exit the park. When displaying a ticket, always place it in the centre of the windscreen so that the warden can see it clearly and remember to set your watch so that you give yourself enough time to get back to the car without going over the time limit of your ticket or you may incur a fine.

Free Parking

These are normally found off the beaten track. Usually in quiet suburban areas where there are no yellow lines or restriction signs. They can be found but streets like these in major towns and cities are few and far between.

Parking Bays

These spaces are either marked out by a continuous white line or they can be broken up into separate bays. Normally restrictions apply such as time limit of how long you can park in the bay for and sometimes it will even state that you must not park back in the bay for two hours after you leave. This is to stop vehicles parking all day in the same place. Always read the adjacent sign, as some bays may be free whereas others will be charged and it will be via a pay and display machine. If you do not pay for a ticket and display it clearly you can be given a PCN ticket.

Where Not to Park

On a Red Route unless in a parking bay within the route that allows you to do so and at that time of day.

Double Yellow Lines signify that you cannot park here at any time of the day or night.

Single Yellow Lines mean that parking is restricted in this area and you should seek out the adjacent sign as it will state at what time of the day you can park in this area.

What Sort of Fine can you Expect if you Park Illegally?

If you receive a PCN for parking illegally then you should expect to pay from £30, this can rise to £60 in some London boroughs while the parking fine will be doubled if you do not pay within a certain amount of time. If you continue to withhold payment the fine will continue to increase and you could be taken to court. If you feel that you have done nothing wrong then you need to lodge your appeal with the National Parking Adjudication Service.

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les - your question:
i am a blue badge holder and recently went to sidcup high street to pay in some money to my bank.l was there no more than 5 minutes and most surprised to fond a penalty notice on my car.i parked in a lay by well before the bus stop and was certainly not causing an obstruction,my disabled badge was clearly being displayed.as l drove away l saw the attendant who had issued the ticket and he walked me down the road to a sign saying no loading between 8 am to10 am and 4pm to 6 pm.l asked him why there were no road markings i.e. yellow iines on the road and also the council on my rejected appeal.there excuse was they did not want to clutter the streets.l was not aware of the restricted parking signs.l did ask the council as to how many disabled people had been issued with tickets but were evasive in there reply.are they acting legally.

our response:
Signs indication loading restrictions must be accompanied by kerb marking (short line on the kerb not on the road) that reflects the restriction. A double kerb mark indicates " no loading at any time" while a single kerb marking indicates a loading restriction at certain times and mustbe accompanied by the relevant sign.
TrafficSignsAndMeanings - 8-Dec-16 @ 2:01 PM
I am a blue badge holder and recently went to Sidcup High Street to pay in some money to my bank.l was there no more than 5 minutes and most surprised to fond a penalty notice on my car.I parked in a lay by well before the bus stop and was certainly not causing an obstruction,my disabled badge was clearly being displayed. As l drove away l saw the attendant who had issued the ticket and he walked me down the road to a sign saying no loading between 8 am to10 am and 4pm to 6 pm.l asked him why there were no road markings i.e. Yellow Iines on the road and also the council on my rejected appeal.There excuse was they did not want to clutter the streets.l was not aware of the restricted parking signs .l did ask the council as to how many disabled people had been issued with tickets but were evasive in there reply.Are they acting legally.
Les - 7-Dec-16 @ 5:24 AM
@Royston. Stopping is not allowed on a red route with double lines except in the loading bays (marked) at the times indicate on the signs. The supermarket delivery person should have known about this. The fine and points penanlty does not look as though it is consistent with a parking offence though so you might want to seek legal advice
TrafficSignsAndMeanings - 29-Jul-15 @ 12:36 PM
Can someone please answer my question, regarding parking on a Red Route ( DOUBLE RED LINES ) Recently, we've had two deliveries, from different companies, stopping outside our house which is on a double red line route. The first............a well known supermarket delivering groceries. Parked for approx. 6 minutes. The driver was issued with a £ 30 fine. ( don't know who by ) The second....... a private car delivering a parcel. Parked for approx. 30 / 40 seconds. A passing police car stopped, allowing the driver to pull away, and immediately put on the blue lights and indicated the driver to pull over in the next side road and stop. The driver was asked into the back of the police car, warned " what he might say............etc. etc.And was told he could either go on a course which he would pay for £ 100 or more,or,accept a £200 fine and 3 points on his licence. Are either of the above 'Fines' correct ? Appreciate any reply. Thank you, Regards, Roy
Royston - 28-Jul-15 @ 12:26 PM
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