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Civil parking enforcement

The majority of parking enforcement across the UK is now the responsibility of local Councils rather than the Police. Cheshire West and Chester Council carries out enforcement throughout the borough.

The benefits of parking enforcement include helping residents and vistors by:

  • easing congestion caused by inconsiderate parking,
  • improving road safety e.g. at junctions where parked cars can block the view,
  • improving access and response times for emergency vehicles and public transport,
  • reducing abuse of disabled parking by making sure spaces are available for genuine Blue Badge holders.

Challenging a Penalty Charge Notice (parking ticket)

If you have received a parking ticket and you want to challenge it you will find details of how to do this on the back of the ticket. You can also use our online form.

Parking enforcement guidance

We've produced guidance which explains how enforcement is carried out and provides details of when a Penalty Charge Notice might be cancelled. The guidance was developed by consulting residents, and complies with parking legislation and the Secretary of State's guidance.

Grace periods

A change to parking legislation in regard to grace periods came into operation on 6 April 2015. We decided to apply these changes before this date and started offering the grace period from 10 March 2015.

The change means that a 10 minute grace period will be given in parking areas where waiting is already permitted or where parking has been paid for.

The 10 minute grace period will apply to:

  • on street parking areas where waiting is allowed – for example, where signs state that waiting is permitted for 30 minutes, a parking ticket will not be issued until 40 minutes has elapsed
  • pay and display car parks – a parking ticket will not be issued until 10 minutes after the expiry time shown on a pay and display ticket

The 10 minute grace period will not apply to:

  • on street areas where waiting is not allowed – this includes yellow lines, school zig-zags, bus stops, taxi ranks and loading bays
  • pay and display car parks where no pay and display ticket is displayed

The above is given as a guide only, if you are unsure please check before choosing where to park. The Government has produced guidance  to local authorities on parking legislation as a whole and reference to the grace period can be found on page 19 of the document.

Traffic Penalty Tribunal (TPT)

The independent adjudicator for parking enforcement is the Traffic Penalty Tribunal. For more details about the Traffic Penalty Tribunal and their role please visit their website.

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