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Know you PCN Contravention Codes when parking

As many drivers in the UK know trying to park in or around town is a nightmare. Some traffic wardens will give you a parking ticket just for minor offences so you should know where you are and are not allowed to park. By knowing the PCN codes not only will save you money but the codes and descriptions below will tell you the rules set against each code.

If you receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN), it will include a contravention code and a description of the offence from the traffic warden.

On-Street Parking

Code Description Level
01 Parked in a restricted street during prescribed hours Higher
02 Parked or loading/unloading in a restricted street where waiting and loading/unloading restrictions are in force Higher
04 Parked in a meter bay when penalty time is indicated Lower
05 Parked after the expiry of paid for time Lower
06 Parked without clearly displaying a valid pay & display ticket or voucher Lower
07 Parked with payment made to extend the stay beyond initial time Lower
08 Parked at an out-of-order meter during controlled hours Lower
09 Parked displaying multiple pay & display tickets where prohibited Lower
10 Parked without clearly displaying two valid pay and display tickets when required Lower
11 Parked without payment of the parking charge Lower
12 Parked in a residents’ or shared use parking place without clearly displaying either a permit or voucher or pay and display ticket issued for that place Higher
13 – – – – RESERVED FOR TfL USE (LOW EMISSION ZONE) – – – – N/A
14 Parked in an electric vehicles’ charging place during restricted hours without charging Higher
16 Parked in a permit space without displaying a valid permit Higher
17 – – – RESERVED FOR TfL USE (CONGESTION CHARGING) – – – – N/A
18 Using a vehicle in a parking place in connection with the sale or offering or exposing for sale of goods when prohibited Higher
19 Parked in a residents’ or shared use parking place or zone either displaying an invalid permit or voucher or pay & display ticket, or after the expiry of paid for time Lower
20 Parked in a loading gap marked by a yellow line Higher
21 Parked in a suspended bay/space or part of bay/space Higher
22 Re-parked in the same parking place or zone within one hour after leaving Lower
23 Parked in a parking place or area not designated for that class of vehicle Higher
24 Not parked correctly within the markings of the bay or space Lower
25 Parked in a loading place during restricted hours without loading Higher
26 Vehicle parked more than 50 centimetres from the edge of the carriageway and not within a designated parking place. Higher
27 Parked adjacent to a dropped footway Higher
30 Parked for longer than permitted Lower
34 Being in a bus lane N/A
35 Parked in a disc parking place without clearly displaying a valid disc Lower
40 Parked in a designated disabled person’s parking place without clearly displaying a valid disabled person’s badge. Higher
41 Parked in a parking place designated for diplomatic vehicles Higher
42 Parked in a parking place designated for police vehicles Higher
45 Parked on a taxi rank Higher
46 Stopped where prohibited (on a red route or clearway) Higher
47 Stopped on a restricted bus stop or stand Higher
48 Stopped in a restricted area outside a school Higher
49 Parked wholly or partly on a cycle track Higher
55 A commercial vehicle parked in a restricted street in contravention of an overnight waiting ban Higher
56 Parked in contravention of a commercial vehicle waiting restriction Higher
57 Parked in contravention of a coach ban Higher
61 A heavy commercial vehicle wholly or partly parked on a footway, verge or land between two carriageways Higher
62 Parked with one or more wheels on any part of an urban road other than a carriageway. (footway parking) Higher
63 Parked with engine running where prohibited Lower
67 —- RESERVED FOR VEHICLE EMISSIONS —- N/A
68 —- RESERVED FOR VEHICLE EMISSIONS —- N/A
99 Stopped on a pedestrian crossing and/or crossing area marked by zig-zags Higher

* Or other specified time
** Or voucher
*** Sometimes applies during term time only

Off-Street Parking (Car Parks)

Code Description Level
70 Parked in a loading area during restricted hours without reasonable excuse Higher
73 Parked without payment of the parking charge Lower
74 Using a vehicle in a parking place in connection with the sale or offering or exposing for sale of goods when prohibited Higher
77 – – – RESERVED FOR DVLA USE – – – N/A
80 Parked for longer than permitted Lower
81 Parked in a restricted area in a car park Higher
82 Parked after the expiry of paid for time Lower
83 Parked in a car park without clearly displaying a valid pay & display ticket or voucher or parking clock Lower
84 Parked with payment made to extend the stay beyond initial time Lower
85 Parked in a permit bay without clearly displaying a valid permit Higher
86 Not parked correctly within the markings of a bay or space Lower
87 Parked in a disabled person’s parking space without clearly displaying a valid disabled person’s badge Higher
89 Vehicle parked exceeds maximum weight and/or height and/or length permitted in the area Higher
90 Re-parked in the same car park within one hour after leaving Lower
91 Parked in a car park or area not designated for that class of vehicle Higher
92 Parked causing an obstruction Higher
93 Parked in car park when closed Lower
94 Parked in a pay & display car park without clearly displaying two valid pay and display tickets when required Lower
95 Parked in a parking place for a purpose other than that designated Lower
96 Parked with engine running where prohibited Lower

* Or other specified time
** Or voucher
*** Sometimes applies during term time only
**** Or other number

 

Contents of a penalty charge notice served under regulation 9

1.  A penalty charge notice served under regulation 9 must, in addition to the matters required to be included in it by regulation 3(2) of the Representations and Appeals Regulations, state—

(a)the date on which the notice is served;

(b)the name of the enforcement authority;

(c)the registration mark of the vehicle involved in the alleged contravention;

(d)the date and the time at which the alleged contravention occurred;

(e)the grounds on which the civil enforcement officer serving the notice believes that a penalty charge is payable;

(f)the amount of the penalty charge;

(g)that the penalty charge must be paid not later than the last day of the period of 28 days beginning with the date on which the penalty charge notice was served;

(h)that if the penalty charge is paid not later than the last day of the period of 14 days beginning with the date on which the notice is served, the penalty charge will be reduced by the amount of any applicable discount;

(i)the manner in which the penalty charge must be paid; and

(j)that if the penalty charge is not paid before the end of the period of 28 days referred to in subparagraph (g), a notice to owner may be served by the enforcement authority on the owner of the vehicle.

Contents of a regulation 10 penalty charge notice

2.  A regulation 10 penalty charge notice, in addition to the matters required to be included in it by regulation 3(4) of the Representations and Appeals Regulations, must state—

(a)the date of the notice, which must be the date on which it is posted;

(b)the matters specified in paragraphs 1(b), (c), (d), (f) and (i);

(c)the grounds on which the enforcement authority believes that a penalty charge is payable;

(d)that the penalty charge must be paid not later than the last day of the period of 28 days beginning with the date on which the penalty charge notice is served;

(e)that if the penalty charge is paid not later than the applicable date, the penalty charge will be reduced by the amount of any applicable discount;

(f)that if after the last day of the period referred to in subparagraph (d)—

(i)no representations have been made in accordance with regulation 4 of the Representations and Appeals Regulations; and

(ii)the penalty charge has not been paid,

the enforcement authority may increase the penalty charge by the amount of any applicable surcharge and take steps to enforce payment of the charge as so increased;

(g)the amount of the increased penalty charge; and

(h)that the penalty charge notice is being served by post for whichever of the following reasons applies—

(i)that the penalty charge notice is being served by post on the basis of a record produced by an approved device;

(ii)that it is being so served, because a civil enforcement officer attempted to serve a penalty charge notice by affixing it to the vehicle or giving it to the person in charge of the vehicle but was prevented from doing so by some person; or

(iii)that it is being so served because a civil enforcement officer had begun to prepare a penalty charge notice for service in accordance with regulation 9, but the vehicle was driven away from the place in which it was stationary before the civil enforcement officer had finished preparing the penalty charge notice or had served it in accordance with regulation 9.

3.  In paragraph 2 for the purposes of subparagraph (e) the “applicable date” is—

(a)in the case of a penalty charge notice served by virtue of regulation 10(1)(a) (on the basis of a record produced by an approved device), the last day of the period of 21 days beginning with the date on which the notice was served;

(b)in any other case, the last day of the period of 14 days beginning with that date.

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