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This section aims to help you understand how the parking regulations in your area might work. It provides some possible reasons that you may be able to use to appeal a ticket, and describes what to do if you wish to appeal.

Parking regulations are generally set by local bye-laws rather than national legislation, so specific rules may vary. Below are some guidelines that will normally apply, and some possible reasons that you may be able to use to appeal a ticket.

Firstly, there does not need to be ‘No Parking’ signs for it to be illegal to park in a designated area. (see CPZ signs below)


Normally, ‘Illegal Parking’ is actually a breach of a local ‘no waiting’ order. Most ‘no waiting’ orders allow exceptions for the instances listed below:

  • Royal Mail.
  • Utility companies for undertaking repairs or laying of pipes.
  • Allowing a person to board or alight the vehicle and load or unload any personal luggage. Normally this shouldn’t take longer than a couple of minutes unless the person suffers a disability.
  • A solo motorcycle or moped in a designated motorcycle parking area.
  • Emergency vehicles.
  • A vehicle on the service of a local authority, in the exercise of a statutory power, provided that it is necessary for it to wait in that position.
  • A vehicle taking in petrol, oil, water or air at the kerbside. e.g. a roadside garage.
  • A vehicle displaying a disabled person's blue/orange badge and clock .
  • A vehicle being used for the removal of furniture from adjacent premises.
  • A vehicle prevented from moving by circumstances beyond the driver's control.(e.g. broken down).
  • A vehicle used in the removal of any obstruction to traffic.
  • A vehicle which is being used by or in the services of a military or visiting military force.
  • A vehicle waiting while a gate or barrier is opened/closed to allow access.
  • A vehicle waiting on the order of a police constable in uniform or that has to stop in order to avoid an accident.
  • A stationary vehicle selling goods from a pitch in a restricted street whilst holding a licence from the council to do so.
  • 'D' plates - diplomatic immunity or 'X' plate - limited immunity.
  • Police, fire or ambulances in emergency situations.
  • Security vans on delivering or collecting cash.

Note that the exceptions do not cover leaving your car while you shop or use a cash machine.

Call for further information on

- Ticket validity

- Challenging a PCN

- Informal Challenge


- Formal representation

- Grounds for making a representation

- What happens next?


- Parking appeals