Avoid receiving a Penalty Charge Notice
Before parking your vehicle it is essential that you make sure you are legally parked.
Here are some helpful hints you may wish to consider before parking your vehicle.
- Do always check the signs, lines and road markings before you park your vehicle.
- If you are displaying a blue badge, ensure it is facing upwards, showing the wheelchair symbol. It should be clearly placed on the dash board or facia panel. If you also have to show a parking clock this should also be displayed on the dashboard with the clock clearly showing.
- Do, always ensure any pay and display ticket is clearly shown.
- Always make sure that the ticket has not been dislodged by wind or the car door, once you leave the vehicle.
- Do ensure you have the correct change for car parking tickets before you get in your vehicle.
- Do be aware that as the owner of the the vehicle (registered with the DVLA) you are liable for any contravention.
- Do always tell the DVLA if you no longer own a particular vehicle and ensure you send off the relevant paperwork.
- Try and park in council owned car parks where possible, as you will always have the right to appeal to an independant tribunal if you have a dispute over an issued ticket.
- Always keep delivery notes if loading or unloading, this may help in any future appeal.
- Do not give yourself the benefit of the doubt when unsure over signs, lines or road markings.
- Do not presume your pay and display ticket is in the place you put it when you closed the car door. Always check it is clearly displayed once you have left the vehicle.
- Do not leave your vehicle to go for change. This is not a ground for appeal.
- Do not lend other people your vehicle if you do not want to be liable for their contraventions.
- If you sell your vehicle do not rely on someone else to fill out the DVLA documentation. Do it yourself.
- Do not send original documentation if appealing against a penalty charge - always use copies.