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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE)?

The management and enforcement of on and off street parking.

What are the benefits of Civil Parking Enforcement?
What changes will you see?
What is a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN)?
How much will a PCN cost?

Civil Parking Regulations have introduced parking penalties depending on the seriousness of the contravention with penalties for higher level contraventions being 70 and lower level contraventions being 50.

A 50% reduction applies if the penalty is paid within 14 days reducing the charge to 35 or 25. 

Currently VAT is not applied to the Charge.

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How can you avoid getting a PCN?

Don't be a problem parker!

How can you challenge a PCN?

More information on how to appeal can be found in the Paying a Parking Fine(PCN) section.

What happens if you ignore a PCN?

The PCN will not go away and needs to be dealt with.  The penalty will increase if not paid or if a challenge/appeal is not made. 

Further delay in dealing with the PCN will lead to action by Bailiffs, with their costs added to the civil debt.

Will vehicles be clamped or removed?

We believe it is an unnecessary measure, although our application to the Assembly includes a request for the powers to introduce clamping at some time, should we feel it necessary.

Similarly, we do not feel it necessary to undertake the removal of illegally parked vehicles.  Again, the Council will give future consideration to a policy on removing vehicles at times of peak parking and where there may be safety hazards in the future.

Is this a fund raising exercise?

The purpose of penalty charges is to encourage motorists to comply with parking restrictions.  It is not about raising revenue.  All money raised is kept by the Council and will be used to fund enforcement.  Any surplus money will be used to fund local parking, highway and transport improvements.

What role do the Police have in parking enforcement?

The Police are still responsible for dangerous parking, obstructions and moving traffic offences.

ID: 21734   Revised: 29/1/2014

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