How to appeal a parking ticket:…And if all else fails…

We all know the feeling!  You get back to your car after a shopping trip, a family lunch, or a great night out and there it is: the unwelcome large yellow packet on your windscreen that means you’ve got a parking ticket.  It can really ruin all the pleasure from whatever you have just been doing: particularly if you genuinely do not know why you have been given a ticket.


There are around 10 million parking tickets issued in the UK each year.  The vast majority of these are legitimate but mistakes can happen.  There are also situations where perhaps the signs about parking charges are unclear, the road markings are not very visible, a traffic warden has been overzealous in terms of timings, or there is some kind of problem with the ticket machine.  


So if you think you have been issued a ticket unfairly it is definitely worth appealing.  But how do you do this?  There is a three stage process to follow:


  • Informal challenge

The first thing to do is to make an “informal challenge” to the local council who has issued you the ticket.   There will be contact details on the ticket and you will also need to give them the PCN (Penalty Charge Notice) number and the reason why you believe you should not have to pay.   

The council will then decide whether or not to cancel the PCN.   If they do cancel it, you then have nothing to pay, but if not then you either need to pay the penalty or – if you want to take things further – wait for them to issue a Notice to Owner.


  • Formal representations

Once you have the Notice to Owner you will have a further chance to appeal and will have 28 days to do this. This stage is called formal representations. If the council agrees with you, the PCN will be cancelled.  But if not, you will then receive a Notice of Rejection (NoR).


  • Traffic Penalty Tribunal

The final stage in the challenge process is to appeal to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal (TPT).  So you can appeal to us only when you have gone all the way through the challenge process of the enforcement authority which issued the penalty and have had a formal Notice of Rejection of Representations.


The best way to appeal is to go via the TPT – Traffic Penalty Tribunal.  This is the body that deals with parking ticket claims for most councils in England outside London.   It also deals with bus lane and moving traffic penalties issued in England and Wales,  penalties for failing to pay the Mersey Charge and penalties for failing to pay the Durham congestion charge zone.

The TPT has recently introduced a website that enables motorists to appeal online against parking tickets.  

You can access the TPT website from any device – desktop computer, tablet or Smartphone.   It will then guide you through the different types of Penalty Charge Notices and explain the grounds on which you could appeal and how to do so.

The website makes the appeal process much quicker and easier.  It also enables you to submit photos and videos, so it is a good idea to take these when you first get the parking ticket as they could provide valuable evidence to support your appeal.

So far only around 0.5% of drivers who get a parking ticket appeal to TPT but around half of those who do appeal are successful.   So if you are convinced that your parking ticket or charge is unfair it is worth pursuing.

However, after all the above you may still have to pay your parking ticket.  If this is the case then try to be positive:  you have done your best to have it overturned but can do no more so now have no choice but to pay.  Hopefully it is some consolation that at least the money raised will be put to good use by the council in some way.   If finding the money to pay the fine is a problem then check out the rest of our website for various ways in which we may be able to help.

Good luck with appealing your parking ticket, and remember that Logbook Loans are here to help if you need quick cash at any stage of the process.