Contravention codes

PCNs issued by local authorities are issued with a code from the list below. London and outside London have some differences, but most are the same.

PCNs are issued at “Higher” and “Lower” levels, to recognise that some contraventions are more serious than others – parking where you aren’t allowed to will generally be a “higher” rate, and parking where you can, but not following other rules such as time limits, will generally be a “lower” rate. A 50% discount is available if paid within 14 days. The amounts are usually as below, but councils have the option to charge less:

Higher rate with discount Lower rate with discount Bus lane with discount
in London £130 £75 £80 £40 £130 £75
outside London £70 £35 £50 £25 £60 £30

On street codes

01: Parked in a restricted street during prescribed hours

Higher. Possibly the least obvious from the wording, this is for “No waiting” restrictions, usually single yellow lines or double yellow lines, but also some RPZs, where the restriction is posted on signs as you enter an area. These are most often used in pedestrianised areas or historic town centres, where yellow lines would have too much of an impact on the appearance of the area.

Loading or unloading, blue badge holders, picking up or setting down passengers, and vehicles used in execution of a statutory duty are usually exempt.

02: Parked or loading/unloading in a restricted street where waiting and loading/unloading restrictions are in force

Higher. Used where there is a no loading restriction; usually marked by yellow lines off the edge of the kerb, but like code 01, may be used in a RPZ, where the restriction is posted on signs as you enter the area. These are most often used in pedestrianised areas or historic town centres, where yellow lines would have too much of an impact on the appearance of the area.

Loading or unloading and blue badge holders are not exempt, picking up or setting down passengers, and vehicles used in execution of a statutory duty are usually exempt.

04 Parked in a meter bay when penalty time is indicated

Lower. Meters are fairly rare now, and different codes are used for the more common pay & display or pay by phone options.

05: Parked after the expiry of paid for time

Lower. For expired tickets.

06: Parked without clearly displaying a valid pay & display ticket or voucher

Lower. Also used for pay-by-phone options that have a “virtual ticket”. Blue badge holders park for free in most cases, so this shouldn’t apply.

07: Parked with payment made to extend the stay beyond initial time

Lower. This may apply at a meter or pay and display bay. Not allowing paying again for more time helps keep spaces available during the day.

08: Parked at an out-of-order meter during controlled hours

Lower.

09: Parked displaying multiple pay & display tickets where prohibited

Lower. Remove old tickets from display when you’ve finished with them. Most councils don’t use this.

10: Parked without clearly displaying two valid pay and display tickets when required

Lower. Also very rarely used. Councils may require buying two tickets in some circumstances (for example, to allow you to take up two bays).

11:Parked without payment of the parking charge

Lower. Used for pay-by-phone and similar options that have a “virtual ticket” with nothing to display.

12: Parked in a residents’ or shared use parking place without clearly displaying either a permit or voucher or pay and display ticket issued for that place

Higher. Permit bays for residents, which may or may not allow parking with a pay & display ticket (check signs). Councils may use code 16 instead (and should if the permits are not primarily for residents).

14: Parked in an electric vehicles’ charging place during restricted hours without charging

Higher. This allows councils to issue penalties to electric vehicles in these spaces if they aren’t charging. Non-electric vehicles could be issued with penalties using this code or 23 – Parked in a parking place or area not designated for that class of vehicle

16: Parked in a permit space without displaying a valid permit

Higher. Places for permit holders only.

18: Using a vehicle in a parking place in connection with the sale or offering or exposing for sale of goods when prohibited

Higher. Can be used to deal with street trading; other laws also cover street trading that may be used instead.

19: Parked in a residents’ or shared use parking place or zone either displaying an invalid permit or voucher or pay & display ticket, or after the expiry of paid for time

Lower. Used for invalid permits, may also be used for expired pay and display tickets in “shared use” bays (where residents’ permits or pay and display tickets may be used).

20: Parked in a loading gap marked by a yellow line

Higher. Short sections of yellow line inside a parking place to keep an area available for loading.

21:Parked in a suspended bay/space or part of bay/space

Higher. Parking bays may be suspended with signage to allow special uses.

22: Re-parked in the same parking place or zone within one hour after leaving

Lower. May be varied to “Re-parked in the same parking place or zone within specified time after leaving” or similar. This is to prevent short-term parking spaces being abused by the vehicle being moved out and back in soon afterwards.

23: Parked in a parking place or area not designated for that class of vehicle

Higher. Bays may be marked as only for certain types of vehicles – motorcycle only bays are the most common, but others, including ones for coaches, goods vehicles, and ambulances exist.

24: Not parked correctly within the markings of the bay or space

Lower. Partly in a bay, partly out of bay, or across multiple bays. Also not in a bay at all where signs at the entrance of a zone require parking in a bay.

25: Parked in a loading place during restricted hours without loading

Higher. Loading bays are for loading only – “what does loading mean?”: http://www.ukparking.info/more-about-tickets/15/loading-and-unloading

26: Vehicle parked more than 50 centimetres from the edge of the carriageway and not within a designated parking place.

Higher. Primarily to deal with double parking.

27: Parked adjacent to a dropped footway

Higher

28: Parked in a special enforcement area on part of the carriageway raised to meet the level of a footway, cycle track or verge

Higher inside London, lower outside

30: Parked for longer than permitted

Lower. Overstaying a time limit. Mostly used in limited waiting bays (short stay free parking spaces usually intended for customers of nearby businesses) but may be used in other types of parking places as well if there is a time limit, or for blue badge holders overstaying the three hour limit on yellow lines.

33 Using a route restricted to certain vehicles

“Bus lane” rate; London councils only – lane restricted to certain vehicles, for example trams, cycles etc. Enforced by camera.

34: Being in a bus lane

“Bus lane” rate. Driving along a bus lane, through a “bus gate” , or on a busses only road. You may enter a bus lane to load or unload if the parking restrictions allow it, but they very often don’t. Only enforced by camera.

35: Parked in a disc parking place without clearly displaying a valid disc

Lower. Discs are used in some places as a way of managing spaces with time limits. Collect a disc from a nearby business, council office, or vending machine, and display the arrival time.

40: Parked in a designated disabled person’s parking place without clearly displaying a valid disabled person’s badge.

Higher. Not displaying a blue badge in a space for blue badge holders only, or displaying a badge that is not valid – because it is not being displayed correctly, is out of date, or being misused.

41: Parked in a parking place designated for diplomatic vehicles

Higher. Diplomatic vehicles usually have recognisable number plates.

42: Parked in a parking place designated for police vehicles

Higher. Includes unmarked vehicles

43: Stopped on a cycle docking station parking place

Higher in London, lower outside London

45: Parked on a taxi rank

Higher. Taxi ranks can be “No stopping except Taxis” or “No waiting except taxis”.

46: Stopped where prohibited (on a red route or clearway)

Higher. No stopping restrictions, generally including just picking up or setting down passengers. Red Routes have red lines/bays, clearways have no lines, just signs with the no stopping symbol

47:Stopped on a restricted bus stop or stand

Higher. Bus stands allow busses to wait, bus stops are for picking up/setting down and waits of up to two minutes to maintain running to timetable. Neither bus stops or bus stands allow other vehicles to wait. May be enforced by camera.

48: Stopped in a restricted area outside a school

Higher. Sometimes applies during term time only; applies at all times unless signs specifies days and times. This is a no stopping restriction, dropping off or picking up passengers is not allowed. May be enforced by camera.

49: Parked wholly or partly on a cycle track

Higher. Not all cycle tracks can be enforced.

55: A commercial vehicle parked in a restricted street in contravention of an overnight waiting ban

Higher.

56: Parked in contravention of a commercial vehicle waiting restriction

Higher.

57: Parked in contravention of a coach ban

Higher.

61: A heavy commercial vehicle wholly or partly parked on a footway, verge or land between two carriageways

Higher. Applies to vehicles over 7.5 tonnes (including trailers); there is an exemption for loading or unloading but it is tougher than the normal exemptions for loading or unloading, specifically requiring it be necessary to be off the carriageway and requiring the vehicle to not be unattended.

62: Parked with one or more wheels on any part of an urban road other than a carriageway. (footway parking)

Higher. In London, this applies unless signs allow it; outside London this only applies where signs ban it.

63: Parked with engine running where prohibited

Lower.

99: Stopped on a pedestrian crossing and/or crossing area marked by zig-zags

Higher. Picking up and dropping off passengers is not allowed. Unlike most restrictions, this can still be enforced by police (who may issue a Fixed Penalty Notice with three penalty points) in areas with Civil Enforcement.

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Off-street parking (car parks)

These only apply to council-run car parks, although private companies may use similar codes and wording. Legal requirements for signage on car parks for the most part just require that they are clear, rather than being specific designs published by government as on street signs must be.

70: Parked in a loading area during restricted hours without reasonable excuse

Higher.

73: Parked without payment of the parking charge

Lower. For use where payment is required but tickets are not displayed.

74: Using a vehicle in a parking place in connection with the sale or offering or exposing for sale of goods when prohibited

Higher. May be dealt with using other powers rather than PCNs.

80: Parked for longer than permitted.

Lower. Overstaying a time limit.

81: Parked in a restricted area in a car park

Higher. Yellow lines, hatched out areas. Blue badge holders are not usually allowed to park on yellow lines in car parks.

82:Parked after the expiry of paid for time

Lower. For expired tickets.

83: Parked in a car park without clearly displaying a valid pay & display ticket or voucher or parking clock

Lower.

84: Parked with payment made to extend the stay beyond initial time

Lower. Usually on short-stay only car parks – not allowing paying again for more time helps keep spaces available during the day.

85: Parked in a permit bay without clearly displaying a valid permit

Higher. Permit bays may reserve some or all of a car park for specific users.

86: Not parked correctly within the markings of a bay or space

Lower. Can be used for being across multiple bays, sticking out of a bay, or not being in a bay at all.

87: Parked in a disabled person’s parking space without clearly displaying a valid disabled person’s badge

Higher. Spaces reserved for blue badge holders.

89: Vehicle parked exceeds maximum weight and/or height and/or length permitted in the area

Higher. As well as the space larger vehicles take up, the surface may be built to a cheaper standard as heavy vehicles are not intended to be on the car park.

90: Re-parked in the same car park within one hour after leaving

Lower. May be varied to “Re-parked in the same car park within specified time after leaving” or similar. This is to prevent short-term parking spaces being abused by the vehicle being moved out and back in soon afterwards.

91: Parked in a car park or area not designated for that class of vehicle

Higher. Used for spaces reserved for motorcycles, busses, etc.

h2(#c92).92: Parked causing an obstruction

Higher. If spaces, entrances or exits are blocked; codes 86 or 81 are used more often.

93: Parked in car park when closed

Lower. Some car parks are closed at certain times, either for events (e.g. markets) or for security.

94: Parked in a pay & display car park without clearly displaying two valid pay and display tickets when required

Lower. Councils may require two tickets in some spaces (but this is very rare).

95 Parked in a parking place for a purpose other than that designated

Lower. Electric vehicle charging bays and similar

96: Parked with engine running where prohibited

Lower.

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