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Does a Parking Ticket Have to be Placed on the Car? 2022

Does Parking Ticket Have To Be Placed on Car

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Does a parking ticket have to be placed on a the car? Lots of people ask this question because they want to know if they have gotten away with not paying for parking or parking illegally in a public area. Learn the answer and more in this friendly guide. 

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.

Council parking tickets Vs Private parking tickets

If you received a parking ticket, that ticket will have either been issued by the local council or a private parking operator. Council parking tickets are called Penalty Charge Notices and are real fines, whereas a private car park ticket is called a Parking Charge Notice and is not a “real fine”. 

Do you have to pay a Penalty Charge Notice?

You will need to pay a Penalty Charge Notice within 28 days unless you’re appealing against the parking ticket. If you pay within the first 14 days, you usually get to pay a reduced fine. This is to get payments quicker, but it’s also to put people off appealing against the fine. 

If you do not pay a Penalty Charge Notice within the first 28 days, the council will issue a charge certificate, which increases your fine by 50% and requests this larger payment within the next 14 days. Failing to pay the bigger fine in these 14 days can result in a court order forcing you to pay. The local authority may then use bailiffs to enforce the debt. 

Do you have to pay a Parking Charge Notice?

A Parking Charge Notice from a private car park operator is not a real fine. It’s similar to an invoice and not initially enforceable. Technically, this means you cannot be forced to pay

However, if you don’t pay the car park operator could increase the fine and then take you to a small claims court stating you broke a contract when parking on their private land. If the company wins in the small claims court, you will be forced to pay your Parking Charge Notice

How long do you have to be parked to get a ticket?

Most car parking wardens working for the council or a private car park will give motorists a grace period of five to ten minutes. But they don’t have to provide this leeway and they could issue a Penalty Charge Notice or Parking Charge Notice as soon as your car park ticket has expired. 

Does a parking ticket have to be placed on a the car?

A parking ticket doesn’t have to be placed on your car. You can receive a Penalty Charge Notice or Parking Charge Notice in the post instead. The issuer of the parking ticket will contact the DVLA for your address by using your car registration plate. 

There are some benefits of not having a Penalty Charge Notice placed on your window. Those that receive them in the post often get a longer period to claim a fine reduction. Instead of getting 14 days to pay the reduced rate, you may be given 21 days to pay a reduced fine. 

Moreover, if you appeal a Penalty Charge Notice and the fine was left on your windshield by the council, you have to make an informal appeal before you can make a formal appeal. 

Can you appeal a parking ticket?

You are allowed to honestly appeal against a council or private parking ticket as long as you make your appeal within the required timeframe. Although the process will be slightly different, you will be required to provide a detailed explanation of why you believe the parking ticket should be cancelled with supporting evidence when possible. 

If a parking ticket appeal is rejected, you can escalate your appeal to independent services, which have the final say.

What is the best excuse to appeal a parking ticket?

The best excuse to appeal a parking ticket is that the parking warden made an error and you were parked legally. This only works if it is true. Some other good excuses to get out of a parking ticket include:

  1. The payment machine was broken
  2. You couldn’t get to your vehicle due to a serious emergency
  3. The issuer took too long to serve you the parking ticket
  4. You entered one digit of your registration plate incorrect on a payment machine (single typos must be overlooked)

Is a parking ticket legal if it has the wrong registration number on?

You should ask why a parking ticket you have received has the wrong registration number on it. It could be a clerical error or it could be a sign that you have received a parking ticket intended for someone else. 

Can you get a parking ticket if your car is broken down?

You might still be issued with a parking ticket if your car has broken down in a parking bay. However, you could use this as a reasonable excuse to contest the parking ticket and have it cancelled. Keep any evidence that you did break down if this happens to you. 

Ticket on car – mandatory or not? (quick recap)

No, a parking ticket does not need to be left on your car. The council and private car park operators can contact the DVLA for your address and send the parking ticket in the post instead. 

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.

Deal with parking tickets the right way!

MoneyNerd has helped readers like you deal with their parking tickets the right way by equipping them with their rights and loopholes. Learn other ways to deal with parking tickets and debts on more of our posts. 

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