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Making Parking Appeals FAQ's

Does it cost anything to appeal?

No. There is no charge for bringing an appeal to the independent Adjudicator.

What if I do not have all the evidence I need at this moment?

Send in the Notice of Appeal now. When you receive a date for your hearing, you will be told the last date by which you should submit any evidence.

What can I expect at the hearing?

The hearing will be fairly informal. The council may send a representative, although the Civil Enforcement Officer who issued the penalty will not normally attend the appeal. You may bring a witness and/or a friend if you wish.

You will not have to take an oath but if you deliberately tell the Adjudicator something that is not true, you could be prosecuted. At the end of the hearing, you will normally be informed of the decision there and then, although occasionally the Adjudicator may have to adjourn the case to another day. The Adjudicator's full reasons and decision will be confirmed by post afterwards.

I have a disability - what arrangements can be made for me?

If you are hearing-impaired and would like a signer, please bring a friend, where possible.

If this is not possible, please contact us in plenty of time and we will do our best to help. Hearing venues are all wheelchair-accessible, although we recommend that you call us in good time to confirm that the necessary arrangements will be put in place on the day.

If I win, am I able to claim costs?

The grounds on which costs may be awarded are few and such instances are rare. You may apply for and be awarded costs if an Adjudicator considers that the council has been "frivolous, vexatious or wholly unreasonable" in its conduct of the matter.

If awarded, costs relate only to reasonable expenses incurred in preparing the appeal. There is no element of compensation for inconvenience or distress, or to punish the council.

If they win, are the council able to claim costs against me?

The answer is much the same as for the appellant. The council would have to make an application and the Adjudicator would have to decide that the appellant had been "frivolous, vexatious or wholly unreasonable" in bringing the appeal. Such instances are very rare.

What if I disagree with the Adjudicator's decision?

The grounds for review on which an Adjudicator's decision may be challenged and reviewed are few and such instances are extremely rare.

Either party must apply for a review in writing within 14 days of the Adjudicator's decision. The application must identify the ground relied on and the reasons for applying for review.

I have received a parking ticket from a council in London/Scotland/issued by the Police or a private contractor. Can I appeal to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal?

No. The Tribunal deals only with penalties issued by civil enforcement authorities outside London. It has no jurisdiction over penalties issued:

in London
in Scotland
in England and Wales where the council is not operating civil parking enforcement
by the Police
by private contractors

You should refer to the parking ticket itself for more information regarding who to contact.

I want information about the size and position of yellow lines, or about the issue of the PCN, or about the law that applies to parking.

The Traffic Penalty Tribunal is a Tribunal deciding upon cases brought by those entitled to appeal. It cannot offer legal advice to anyone. Please DO NOT ask the Tribunal for help or information about matters of this sort as we cannot assist.

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