Parked in a restricted street during prescribed hours
Parked or loading/unloading in a restricted street where waiting and loading/unloading restrictions are in force
Parked in a meter bay when penalty time is indicated
Parked after the expiry of paid for time at a pay & display** bay
Parked without clearly displaying a valid pay & display ticket**
Parked with payment made to extend the stay beyond initial time (meter feeding)
Parked at an out-of-order meter during controlled hours
Parked displaying multiple pay & display tickets where prohibited
Parked in a residents parking space without clearly displaying a valid residents parking permit
Parked in a permit space without displaying a valid permit
Parked in a loading gap marked by a yellow line
Parked in a suspended bay/space or part of bay/space
Re-parked in the same parking place within one hour* of leaving
Parked in a parking place or area not designated for that class of vehicle
Not parked correctly within the markings of the bay or space
Parked in a loading place during restricted hours without loading
(London Only) Vehicle parked more than 50 cm from the kerb and not within a designated parking place
Parked for longer than permitted
Vehicle seen contravening bus lane regulations
Parked in a disc parking place without clearly displaying a valid disc
Parked in a disc parking place for longer than permitted
Parked in a designated disabled persons parking place without clearly displaying a valid disabled persons badge.
Parked in a parking place designated for diplomatic vehicles
Parked in a parking place designated for police vehicles
Parked on a taxi rank
Parked on a clearway where stopping is prohibited
Parked on a restricted bus stop/stand
Stopped in a restricted area outside a school***
Parked wholly or partly on a cycle track
A commercial vehicle parked in a restricted street in contravention of the Overnight Waiting Ban
Parked in contravention of a commercial vehicle waiting restriction
Parked in contravention of a coach ban
Parked on an urban road with one or more wheels resting on a footway, land between two carriageways, grass verge, garden or space
A heavy commercial vehicle wholly or partly parked on a footway, verge or land between two carriageways
Parked with one or more wheels on any part of an urban road other than a carriageway (footway parking)
Parked with engine running where prohibited
* Or other specified time
** Or voucher
*** Sometimes applies during term time only
PCN Contravention Codes Off Street Parking (Car Parks)
Parked in a loading area during restricted hours without reasonable excuse
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Parked for longer than the maximum period permitted
Parked in a restricted area in a car park
Parked after the expiry of time paid for in a pay & display** car park
Parked in a pay & display** car park without clearly displaying a valid pay & display ticket**
Parked with additional payment made to extend the stay beyond time first purchased
Parked in a permit bay without clearly displaying a valid permit
Parked beyond the bay markings
Parked in a disabled persons parking space without clearly displaying a valid disabled persons badge
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Vehicle parked exceeds maximum weight and/or height permitted in the area
Re-parked within one hour* of leaving a bay or space in a car park
Parked in an area not designated for that class of vehicle
Parked causing an obstruction
Parked in car park when closed
Stopped on a pedestrian crossing and/or crossing area marked by zig-za
The Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 first enabled councils to enforce certain parking acts, although parking offences were dealt with and enforcement action taken through the criminal court system. A considerable number of parking offences, primarily those concerning restricted (yellow line) parking remained the responsibility of the police and the police traffic warden service.
The Road Traffic Act 1991 brought about a number of key changes in the above arrangements. Parking offences enforced by councils were decriminalised and brought within the civil enforcement system. At the same time a number of additional enforcement responsibilities, such as restricted (yellow line) parking, were removed from the police and also given to councils.
The provisions of the Road Traffic Act 1991 were first implemented by the 33 London Boroughs during 1993/94. Since the late 1990s an increasing number of councils outside London have also taken up decriminalised enforcement powers. It is these councils in England and Wales, (not including London), for whom the National Parking Adjudication Service provides the independent appeals service required by the Road Traffic Act 1991.
Before any council can take up decriminalised enforcement powers it must first prepare a detailed proposal which is submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport (in England) or for Secretary of State for Wales. Only once this has been approved and the councils scheme is deemed to be viable, will permission be given to prepare for and introduce a decriminalised parking enforcement regime.
Legal powers to implement the scheme are granted formally through the enactment of what is known as an Order in Parliament, through the Statutory Instrument process. All councils operating decriminalised parking must be in possession of such an Order, known as a Special Parking Area Order (SPA Order), before they commence enforcement.
Along with the Acts of Parliament mentioned above, the Road Traffic (Parking Adjudicators) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999 No. 1918) govern the management and conduct of parking appeals in England and Wales (outside London).
Many items of legislation, particularly recent ones, may be viewed on the Her Majestys Stationery Office website. Click on the link here to go straight to this site. http://www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk Copies should also be held at in main reference libraries and of course at HMSO shops.