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How to Appeal Your Windscreen PCN for Free
We provide a free guide and link to write a parking fine appeal letter to appeal your windscreen parking fine issued by the local council.
Please go to the private parking process if you need help with a ticket issued on private land.
Should I Pay or Appeal a Windscreen PCN?
If you have just received a parking fine on your windscreen from parking on the street or in a council car park, there is no need to rush and pay it right away. With only 1 in 100 people appealing, you have nothing to lose by sending a free appeal and if it gets cancelled, you will save yourself time and money.
On and Off Street Contravention Codes
- 1 – Parked in a restricted street during prescribed hours
- 2 – Parked or loading/unloading in a restricted street where restrictions are in force
- 4 – Parked in a meter bay when penalty time is indicated
- 5 – Parked after the expiry of paid for time
- 6 – Parked without clearly displaying a valid pay & display ticket or voucher
- 7 – Parked with payment made to extend the stay beyond initial time
- 8 – Parked at an out-of-order meter during controlled hours
- 9 – Parked displaying multiple pay & display tickets where prohibited
- 10 – Parked without clearly displaying two valid pay and display tickets when required
- 11 – Parked without payment of the parking charge
- 12 – Parked in a residents’ or shared use parking place or zone without a valid virtual permit
- 14 – Parked in an electric vehicles’ charging place during restricted hours without charging
- 16 – Parked in a permit space or zone without a valid permit
- 18 – Using a vehicle in a parking place in connection with the sale of goods when prohibited
- 19 – Parked in a residents’ or shared use parking place
- 20 – Parked in a part of a parking place marked by a yellow line where waiting is prohibited
- 21 – Parked wholly or partly in a suspended bay or space
- 22 – Re-parked in the same parking place or zone within one hour after leaving
- 23 – Parked in a parking place or area not designated for that class of vehicle
- 24 – Not parked correctly within the markings of the bay or space
- 25 – Parked in a loading place or bay during restricted hours without loading
- 26 – Parked in a special enforcement area more than 50 centimetres from the edge of the carriageway
- 27 – Parked in a special enforcement area adjacent to a footway, cycle track or verge
- 28 – Parked in a special enforcement area on part of the carriageway raised to meet the level of a footway
- 30 – Parked for longer than permitted
- 35 – Parked in a disc parking place without clearly displaying a valid disc
- 40 – Parked in a designated disabled person’s parking place without displaying a valid disabled person’s badge
- 43 – Stopped on a cycle docking station parking place
- 41 – Stopped in a parking place designated for diplomatic vehicles
- 42 – Parked in a parking place designated for police vehicles
- 45 – Stopped on a taxi rank
- 55 – A commercial vehicle parked in a restricted street in contravention of the Overnight Waiting Ban
- 56 – Parked in contravention of a commercial vehicle waiting restriction
- 57 – Parked in contravention of a bus ban
- 58 – Using a vehicle on a restricted street during prescribed hours without a valid permit
- 59 – Using a vehicle on a restricted street during prescribed hours in breach of permit conditions
- 61 – A heavy commercial vehicle wholly or partly parked on a footway, verge or land between two carriageways
- 62 – Parked with one or more wheels on or over a footpath or any part of a road other than a carriageway
- 63 – Parked with engine running where prohibited
- 64 – Parked in contravention of a notice prohibiting leaving vehicles on a grass verge, garden, lawn or green
- 65 – Parked in contravention of a notice prohibiting leaving vehicles on land laid out as a public garden
- 66 – Parked on a verge, central reservation or footway comprised in an urban road
- 67 – Using a vehicle on a restricted street without a valid safety permit
- 99 – Stopped on a pedestrian crossing or crossing area marked by zigzags
Windscreen PCN Appeal Process
These are the steps that the penalty charge notice will go through if it is not paid or cancelled. You can expand each section to see more details.
The first step is for a CEO to issue a penalty charge notice to the car and put it on the windscreen. The PCN must be placed on the vehicle or sent by post if the driver drives the car away.
The driver can send an Informal Appeal to the local council. This gives you the chance to explain what happened to the council. See the Windscreen PCN checklist for a list of things to check on your ticket.
If the appeal is rejected, the council will offer 14 days discount period to pay the parking fine, so you have nothing to lose.
If the Informal Appeal is rejected, the council will send a notice to owner to the registered keeper of the vehicle. Please note, a notice to owner can take up to 6 months to be sent. From here, the full amount is due and therefore, you should appeal to the tribunal as well.
A formal representation from the vehicle owner explains why the penalty charge notice must be cancelled. The local council have to respond within 56 days. If the appeal is rejected, the council must issue a notice of rejection
If the appeal is accepted, the council will confirm by email or send a letter called “Notice of Acceptance”. This confirms that the appeal has been accepted and the penalty charge notice is cancelled.
If the local council refuse to cancel a penalty charge notice, they will send a Notice of Rejection.
At this stage, you have nothing to lose and you should take the case to the tribunal for a decision. Occasionally, the council may offer a discount with the notice of rejection to encourage you to pay.
You should send an appeal to the tribunal which explains the reason why your appeal should be allowed. The tribunal is independent and impartial, meaning they will make a decision fairly.
If your ticket has gone beyond the tribunal, please see the penalty charge notice process for options.
How to Get Out Of Your Windscreen PCN
The following defences will help you check if your penalty charge notice was issued correctly. Often CEO’s make mistakes when issuing the parking ticket and therefore if you have supporting evidence, you can get out of your parking fine.
Remember that the council have to prove that the contravention occurred. If there is no evidence of contravention, then you should challenge this and ask them to provide evidence to show that the contravention occurred. All the points below are included in our appeal letter app, simply choose the options which apply to your specific case.
Best Excuses for a Windscreen PCN
Is the contravention code correct?
Are you a Blue Badge holder?
Was the penalty charge notice placed on the vehicle?
Did you receive multiple penalty charge notices for the same offence?
Does the signage support the penalty charge notice?
Were you loading and unloading heavy or pre-ordered goods?
Was the notice to owner issued to you after 6 months?
How Joe Lycett Got Away With a Parking Fine
Joe Lycett won his appeal because "The council simply didn't have a proper photo of the vehicle in a taxi rank, therefore, the contravention did not occur."
Windscreen PCN Appeal Options
Key Laws for Windscreen PCN
Frequently Asked Questions
Was the PCN put on the windscreen ?
A penalty charge notice issued to a vehicle must either be placed on the vehicle or be handed to the driver. The Civil Enforcement legislation states that the PCN must be placed on the windscreen or handed to the driver. If this did not happen, it is a good point to include in your appeal.
What is the time limit to issue PCN ?
For on street parking, the authority must issue the PCN to the vehicle or person in charge of the vehicle. If the civil enforcement officer (CEO) is prevented from serving the PCN, they can send it by post within 28 days.
How to appeal a windscreen pcn?
The best way to appeal a windscreen PCN is by using facts and law to build your case. If you have evidence that the contravention did not occur or that you did not see relevant signs, these points will be useful to include in your appeal letter.
Do you have to pay?
Penalty charge notices issued by the local council can only be closed if an appeal is successful or payment is made. Local council have powers to enforce penalty charge notices as if they were issued by a court order. If you do not respond or pay, the enforcement process will continue and the cost can be up to £1000 if a vehicle is recovered.