Local authorities are responsible for traffic management in their locality.  This may include parking, bus lanes, road user charging, littering from vehicles and, in Wales, moving traffic enforcement.


Nobody wants to receive a ticket; but if you have, PATROL provides you with information on the next steps you can take and the correct place to make contact.


The PATROL (Parking and Traffic Regulations Outside London) Joint Committee represents over 300 local authorities in England (outside London) and Wales. PATROL also provides information in relation to road user penalties issued by the Secretary of State for Transport for failing to pay a charge at the Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing (‘Dart Charge’) and by Halton Borough Council at the Mersey Gateway Bridge Crossings (‘Merseyflow’), and in relation to littering from vehicle penalty notices issued by litter authorities.



If you have received a parking ticket or other Penalty Charge Notice (PCN), find out your options and next steps here.



Access useful information here to better understand the ticket you have received.




2018/19 Annual Reports Shortlist Announcement

The shortlist of 2018/19 Annual Reports for this year’s PATROL Parking Annual Reports by Councils (PARC) Awards has now been selected. While the ongoing COVID-19 situation has, unfortunately, meant that changes have had to be made to the running and format of the PARC Awards this year, including the cancellation of the reception at the […]

Parking Statutory Guidance updated to reflect cycle lane camera enforcement

The Department for Transport (DfT) updated its Guidance for local authorities on enforcing parking restrictions on 22 June to reflect new powers given to local authorities to enforce against parking in cycle lanes using a camera and associated recording equipment (‘approved device’). The update to the guidance follows the amended Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions […]

Charging Clean Air Zones Status Update: July 2020

wc. 20 July 2020: Local authority plans   Many town and city authorities across England and Wales (outside London) are considering ways to improve air quality through a reduction of nitrogen dioxide NO2 levels. With some of these authorities in the process of introducing, consulting on, or drawing up plans for a Charging Clean Air […]