Parking fines and enforcement
Parking fines are designed to encourage motorists to comply with parking regulations. Vehicles parked illegally will receive a parking ticket called a penalty charge notice (PCN).
Paying a parking fine
A higher fine will be charged for more serous offences. The higher rate charge is £70 and the lower rate charge is £50.
This will be reduced if you pay within 14 days of the fine being issued, please see the table below:
|Parking fine amount||Reduced rate if paid within 14 days|
You can find an overview of penalty charges that apply when a parking law has been breached in Leicester, using the link below:
How do I pay?
- Pay online - please note some fines will not appear on the system until one working day after they have been issued.
- Automated telephone system, by calling 0116 454 1012 and selecting option 5.
Not sure of a parking issue?
We have a guide to parking enforcement in Leicester, which is intended for guidance purposes.
The guide covers the following:
- who can and cannot park in restricted areas and when
- how challenges, representation and appeals are dealt with
- how we will treat people fairly, equally and with respect and taking into account personal circumstances
- how we carry out parking enforcement and other traffic restrictions (for which we are responsible for)
- our service standards.
You can download the guide using the following link:
Challenging a parking fine
The keeper of a vehicle may make a written challenge against the issue of a PCN. Although there is no legal obligation to respond to informal challenges which are received before a Notice to Owner (NTO) has been issued, we will respond to such challenges.
Grounds for challenging a parking fine
We will consider and decide whether specific circumstances can be accepted for a cancellation of a parking fine.
When might an appeal not be accepted?
- I could not find anywhere else to park.
- I went to get change for the pay and display machine.
- I only stopped for a minute.
- I thought I was parked legally, but made a mistake.
- I lent the car to a friend.
- This is too much money to pay.
- There was no need for a yellow line anyway.
- I am not the owner or keeper because I hired the vehicle.
- My appointment or meeting ran late.
- There were other cars parked on the same site.
In 2016, we issued 55,482 PCN's, less than 3 per cent were cancelled following a successful challenge.
If you believe you PCN should not have been issued, you can challenge a parking fine online, using the link below:
What happens next?
If the challenge is rejected, we will respond giving reasons and the amount you still need to pay.
If you wish to challenge the decision further, a formal representation can be made as part of the PCN legal process by completing the Notice to Owner form which will be sent to you. The Notice to Owner form should be returned to us at the enclosed address on the form. Alternatively, you can scan, photograph or take a screenshot of the Notice to Owner form and email it to us.
If a challenge or formal representation is accepted, the PCN will be cancelled and we will write to confirm this.
Appeals after a challenge is rejected
The Traffic Penalty Tribunal is an independent national body which considers appeals against parking fines.
If your formal representation is rejected, you will have the opportunity to either make payment or to make an appeal. Information on how to make an appeal will be provided with the rejection of your formal representation.
Once a parking fine is paid, it is deemed that liability has been accepted and the PCN is closed.
We operate a tow-away enforcement scheme to resolve illegal parking and persistent non-payment of fines. If you park illegally in Leicester, your vehicle may be removed and taken to a secure compound where a release fee and daily storage charges are payable.
For more information call us on 0116 454 6300. Please be advised that the police can also tow away vehicles. They can be contacted on 0116 222 2222.
PATROL (Parking and traffic regulations outside London)
PATROL is the joint committee of England and Wales for the civil enforcement of parking and traffic regulations outside London.