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Appealing parking fines

Appealing Parking Fines


We have provided this information page for your guidance. Appealing a parking fine is not something which would require you to have representation


An appeal against a parking fine – known as a parking penalty charge notice (PCN) – has to be made within 14 days of a Notice to Owner being issued.


PCNs can be issued by a private company working for a council or by a local council parking warden – however parking fine appeals have to be made to the local council which issued the PCN.


If an appeal is made, reasons have to be given. Appeals against parking fines can be made on a number of grounds, including:


  • A valid ticket was displayed at the time the PCN was issued
  • A disabled badge (Blue Badge) was displayed
  • Not being the owner of the vehicle
  • Parking signage at the location was poor or confusing
  • The amount of the fine is incorrect
  • The PCN has not been completed correctly
  • The vehicle was parked by another driver without owner’s consent
  • Your car received a PCN after it had been stolen.


If a car receives a PCN, it is a good idea to take images at the scene as evidence – for example, road markings, car park markings, signage – to back up an appeal.


In some cases, car owners have been given a PCN after No Parking markings have been added to the public highway while their care was parked. This may be another reason for appealing a parking fine and photographic evidence of markings should be collected.


More information about appealing a council decision on a parking fine can be found at National Parking Adjudicators Website.


Appealing parking fines can be complex – and taking legal advice from a motoring law solicitor can help prepare a convincing appeal and ensure that a driver is properly represented to give them the best chance of success.

Duncan Lewis motoring offence solicitors have considerable experience in cases involving appealing parking fines and a successful track record in helping drivers appeal local council decisions not to quash a parking fine.


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Duncan Lewis' Crime Department has been recognised as a Top Tier and recommended criminal defence practice by Chambers UK 2018 and the Legal 500 2017 Edition – and has an exceptional track record in defending motoring offences and advising on parking fines, including advising car drivers, HGV drivers or other road users.


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Duncan Lewis motoring and driving offence solicitors offer competitively-priced fee levels for private client representation – with fixed fees and advance notice of any costs whenever possible.


Call Duncan Lewis Motoring & Driving Offence Solicitors for expert legal advice on appealing a parking fine on 020 7923 4020.


Duncan Lewis Motoring & Driving Offence Solicitors – When to contact us


Duncan Lewis motoring offence solicitors advises clients wishing to appeal a parking fine to contact us for advice as soon as possible.


After a Notice to Owner is issued, an owner/driver has 14 days in which to appeal a parking fine.


The Duncan Lewis motoring law team regularly advises drivers on parking fines and appeals – including professional drivers, HGV drivers and motorcyclists.


Duncan Lewis Motoring & Driving Offence Solicitors – How to contact us


There are Duncan Lewis offices nationwide in England and Wales.


Call Duncan Lewis motoring offence solicitors on 020 7923 4020 for expert legal advice on road traffic offences, including parking fines and appealing a parking fine.


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