Valid reasons for a parking fine appeal
They are some circumstances we can accept as valid reasons for an appeal if it's your first ticket. We may cancel your fine on a first occasion if:
- vehicle had broken down (we require proof from a garage or recovery organisation)
- disabled Blue Badge had fallen from view or was not on display (we require proof of valid Blue Badge)
- you were delayed in returning to car
- you parked outwith a marked parking bay
- you attempted a card payment but the machine did not process it
- you made a payment but the machine did not issue a ticket
- the ticket was not visible
- residents permit expired
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a parking ticket before leaving your vehicle parked in any car park and to ensure that you return to the vehicle by the expiry time on the parking ticket. The exception is illness which an independent medical practitioner can validate.
We will issue you with a parking fine if you park outside of a marked bay, even if you display a valid ticket. We mark our parking bays in a way that is safe and provides the maximum number of spaces. You are not able to simply park wherever you like.
The card payment facility requires a mobile phone signal to process the transaction. There are times and areas where it is not strong enough to do so. However it remains your responsibility to get a ticket or find an alternative car park. In car parks where we allow a free period, please place a free ticket on display before going for change.
Our machines track all free and paid transactions including vehicle registrations. We can verify a purchase where the machine did not issue a ticket. We will cancel the fine if there is a record of the payment and registration.
Where a ticket has fallen from view or was not on display properly we will issue a parking fine. We will cancel the fine if you can provide the original parking ticket or we can find evidence of the ticket purchase.
We send a reminder to all permit holders a month in advance of the permit expiry date. It is your responsibility to ensure you hold a valid permit.