NEW laws come into force governing parking tickets and fine levels next month.
Under the changes, introduced under the Traffic Management Act 2004, local authority Parking Attendants become Civil Enforcement Officers.
Parking penalties – or Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) – will fall into two tiers:
- ‘lesser offences’ (such as overstaying briefly at a parking meter); or
- ‘serious offences’ (such as parking on a double yellow line).
There will be a new fines structure. In London penalties will range from £40 to £120. Outside the capital the fines range from £40 to £70. There are discounts for speedy payments.
However, the new parking laws mean councils can issue a parking ticket by post for contraventions caught on CCTV, or if a motorist prevents a ticket being issued at the scene.
New regulations taking effect from 01 April increase fines and make it more difficult for motorists to appeal an unfair ticket
This could make it harder for motorists to gather necessary evidence to appeal against tickets they think have been issued unfairly.
“At the moment a penalty charge notice has to be given to the person believed to be the driver at the time of the offence,” commented Joanne Lezemore, senior lawyer, Which? Legal Service.
“The new parking regulations mean that you could wake up one morning to find a ticket in the post, which makes it difficult to collect evidence if you want to appeal.
“Despite this, if you receive a ticket that you think is unfair, it is still well worth appealing as statistics show that many tickets do get overturned. Act quickly, put it in writing and gather as much evidence as you can for the best chance of success.”
The new parking fines come into force from 01 April, 2008.