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Can You Get a Parking Ticket While in the Car UK? 2022

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Can you get a parking ticket while in the car? Whether you sat in your car keeping an eye out for parking wardens or arrived at your car a minute too late, we have the answer here. Read on to uncover whether you can really be issued a parking ticket while in your car. 

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 with 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.

Types of UK parking tickets

There are two types of parking tickets, namely a Penalty Charge Notice and a Parking Charge Notice. Both may be referred to as PCNs.

A Penalty Charge Notice is a fine from a council for a parking contravention (or minor road offence) on council land. They are considered real fines and can easily be enforced and increased if you don’t pay or appeal.

A Parking Charge Notice is a fine from a private landowner or company. They are not real fines but the company can take you to court to make you pay. 

Can you get a parking ticket while sitting in your car (UK)?

You can get a parking ticket when sitting in your car. Whether you are in your car, out of your car or doing a handstand on top of your vehicle is irrelevant. If you are guilty of a parking contravention you can always be issued a parking fine. 

However, there is a new rule coming into effect that could help you if you’re sitting in your car preparing to leave. Keep reading this MoneyNerd guide to find out what it is. 

What type of parking ticket can you get?

You could get a Penalty Charge Notice or a Parking Charge Notice while sitting in your vehicle, depending on whether you’re parked on council or private land. Both types of parking tickets can be issued to someone who has committed a parking contravention but sat in their vehicle. 

How much will the fine be?

The parking fine will be the same if you are outside of your vehicle or sitting inside the vehicle. 

The fine for a Penalty Charge Notice will vary depending on the seriousness of the parking contravention and the location of the contravention within the council area. You can expect to pay between £60 and £80 in most cases. However, the local authority must give you a 50% discount if you pay within 14 days. So you could end up paying as little as £30. 

If you received a parking fine from a private landowner or car park management company, they can currently charge you up to £100. But new rules are coming into force that cut this amount in half. The new cap to be introduced will only allow the company to fine you £50 at most. And they’ll still have to offer you a discount if you agree to pay within 14 days.

How long does a parking attendant have to wait?

Parking attendants working for the council or private car parks must now give drivers a ten-minute grace period. They cannot issue you a parking ticket within the ten minutes after your paid-for parking has run out. 

This means you could be sitting in your car preparing to leave and not be allowed to be given a ticket. The ten minutes is to exit the car park however, not just get to your vehicle. 

The ten-minute grace period only applies when the driver has parked legally, such as paying for their parking originally and using correct parking spots. It doesn’t apply if the driver has not parked legally, such as failing to pay for parking or parking in places they are not allowed. 

Does a PCN have to be attached to a vehicle?

A Penalty Charge Notice or Parking Charge Notice doesn’t have to be served by being placed on your vehicle. The council and private parking firms can instead send the parking ticket in the post.

They can do this by identifying the parking contravention on specialist cameras that track number plates, and then asking the DVLA for the registered vehicle owner’s address. They will send the PCN to the address, giving the recipient 28 days to pay or appeal.

How can you appeal a parking ticket?

You must appeal your parking fine in writing to the council or car park management company that issued the ticket. This appeal has to be made within 28 days or it doesn’t have to be accepted. 

Your appeal, which may also be called a representation, should state the reason you want the ticket cancelled. And it may require evidence, such as a photo, witness statement, letter or even a video. 

If the appeal is rejected you can escalate it to an independent tribunal. The process is slightly different whether you’re fighting a council or private parking ticket

Can you get a parking ticket when sat in your car? (Quick recap)

If you are guilty of a parking offence you can still be issued a parking ticket if you are sitting inside your vehicle. Some people sit inside their vehicle without paying, thinking they will just leave if a parking attendant comes by. But this doesn’t always work.

Many locations now use specialist CCTV cameras to monitor the car park and individual vehicles. So don’t assume that you can just drive away if a parking warden is on their way. You may have already been clocked on camera. And then you can expect the parking ticket in the post. 

Want to know more about parking tickets?

We hope you got the answers you came for, even if they’re not what you hoped. Unfortunately, you can still be issued a parking ticket when sitting inside your vehicle. 
But there are lots of other ways to get out of a parking fine. Read about some of the best on our dedicated parking fine excuses guide. It could save you money!

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.

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