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Edinburgh Parking Tickets – Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Edinburgh Parking Charge

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Has a recent visit to Edinburgh ended with an Edinburgh parking ticket? It might have dampened your trip, but do you have to pay? We discuss everything you need to know about Edinburgh parking tickets and Penalty Charge Notices right here. 

Do You Have to Pay?

In many circumstances parking tickets are not enforceable.

It’s a bit sneaky, but last time I had a parking fine, I paid £5 for a trial to chat to an online solicitor.

Not only did I save £50 on solicitor fees, I also won my case and didn’t have to pay my £271 fine.

You can try it out now, just remember to cancel the trial once you’ve got your answer.

What are Edinburgh parking tickets?

Edinburgh parking tickets could refer to a parking ticket issued by Edinburgh Council, or it could refer to a private parking ticket issued by a company in Edinburgh. 

Edinburgh Council parking tickets are called Penalty Charge Notices. But not all penalty Charge Notices are parking tickets. They can be issued by the council for other contraventions, such as driving in bus lanes when not permitted. You may find a Penalty Charge Notice stuck to your car or you might receive one in the post. 

Edinburgh private parking tickets are not the same, although they do have a similar name – Parking Charge Notices. For help dealing with private Edinburgh parking tickets, we have created this guide

Read on for help dealing with an Edinburgh Penalty Charge Notice. 

How much is a parking ticket in Edinburgh?

A Penalty Charge Notice from Edinburgh Council can currently cost the motorist between £60 and £120 based on the seriousness of the contravention

How do I pay a parking ticket in Edinburgh?

The City of Edinburgh Council offers motorists multiple ways to pay their Penalty Charge Notice, including over the phone, sending a cheque in the post or online using their PCN payment portal. 

Read details on how to make an Edinburgh PCN payment here

When you do make a payment, make sure you have your PCN reference number to hand. You’ll need this to ensure the payment goes towards your fine. The PCN reference number is located at the top of your parking ticket. 

If you have lost this you can request a new reference number from Edinburgh Council via the link above. It will take two working days to receive the new PCN number. 

Get 50% off Edinburgh Council parking tickets!

You can get a 50% reduction on your Edinburgh PCN by paying within the first 14 days. Although you have 28 days to pay your parking fine, doing so within the first two weeks will guarantee a 50% saving, meaning your parking fine could cost just £30 instead. 

What happens if you don’t pay an Edinburgh Penalty Charge Notice?

Not paying a Penalty Charge Notice within 28 days will result in a charge certificate being sent out. A charge certificate increases your fine by 50%, so you may now owe as much as £195. This could escalate into a court order and even debt enforcement action, including the use of bailiffs. 

How do you get out of a parking ticket in Edinburgh?

The only way to get out of paying a parking ticket from Edinburgh Council is to appeal it and win your case. You must challenge any Edinburgh PCN within the first 28 days of receiving it. 

You aren’t allowed to challenge the PCN after 28 days. You’ll have to accept the inflated fine if you haven’t paid by this stage. 

Edinburgh parking ticket appeal

There are two methods to appeal an Edinburgh PCN. You can make an informal appeal or a representation (formal challenge). People who were served the parking ticket by finding it on their vehicle have to make an informal appeal. Only if that is rejected can they make a representation. 

Representations consist of a written argument against the parking ticket, citing any reasons and excuses for the contravention. Or arguing against a contravention at all. This should be supported by evidence if at all possible, such as a video or photograph. 

Edinburgh Council parking tickets – pay or appeal?

It can be tough deciding whether to appeal the parking ticket or not. Here are some questions to ask yourself and help you decide:

  1. Is my appeal honest?
  2. Does my appeal have good evidence?
  3. Do I really want to go through the process?
  4. Would I prefer to get a 50% reduction and pay quickly?

Only you can decide and there is no 100% correct answer for everyone. 

Edinburgh parking ticket appeal rejected – please help!

Edinburgh Council can reject your appeal if they don’t agree with your arguments or if you have been unable to prove your claims with sufficient evidence. You can decide to accept their decision and pay the PCN, or you can continue your appeal.

You are allowed to escalate the appeal to an independent tribunal. This tribunal will reassess your appeal and make a final decision in favour of the council or yourself. This is the final step in the appeal process but could be worth considering if you’re adamant you shouldn’t have to pay.

Is it free to park in Edinburgh today?

It’s usually free to park in the central areas of Edinburgh between 6.30 pm and 6.30 am on weekdays and Saturdays. The extended areas of Edinburgh also offer free parking on these days, but usually between 5.30 pm and 8.30 am on weekdays and all day on Saturdays. 

Do You Have to Pay?

In many circumstances parking tickets are not enforceable.

It’s a bit sneaky, but last time I had a parking fine, I paid £5 for a trial to chat to an online solicitor.

Not only did I save £50 on solicitor fees, I also won my case and didn’t have to pay my £271 fine.

You can try it out now, just remember to cancel the trial once you’ve got your answer.

How should I deal with private Edinburgh parking tickets?

Remember that we already have in-depth guides to support you in dealing with private Edinburgh parking tickets as well. Learn how to deal with these not-so-real fines with more of our free content! 

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