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Jun 02

Parking ticket help

Posted by:AutoMoney

You might not know, but on the 6th April 2015, councils changed the rules and regulations applied to street spaces for parking as well as council managed car parks. Under these new rules, if you are late by up to ten minutes on the time stated on your paid for ticket, you will be let off a hefty parking fine.

People have called for this ten minute parking grace period for a long time, but it is now in full effect up and down the country.

The old rules used to state that a £40 fine could be enforced if the vehicle owner was late returning, even by just one minute over. There is now, however, an official grace period that will give all motorists a little bit of leeway and the benefit of the doubt.

However, there are some key points to be mindful of:

Keep ALL parking tickets:

You might be sent a Parking Charge Notice, or a PCN, through the post a few days after the incident. In this instance the original parking ticket will provide the evidence needed to overturn the charge.


Parking ticket helpIf you feel that the parking ticket issued is unjust due to, for example, a breakdown or extreme circumstances, you can still appeal, even if you have exceeded the ten minute grace period. All evidence will have to be submitted to the council levying the charge.

Best parking spot:

It is worth noting that the ten minute grace rule does NOT apply to any double yellow lines, however it DOES apply to short stay free parking (for example: free two hour parking, no return in two). However, you will not have a ticket as means of evidence in this case.

Be savvy:

Learn how to understand and identify council parking – the ten minute grace period does NOT apply to commercially and privately owned car parking facilities, as these are not run under a local authority. 

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