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Parking penalty charge notices

Extra advice: ​

which type of parking penalty do I hav​e?

It is important that you know the type of parking penalty you have because the rules about what happens if you don't pay are different. You should check if you have a penalty charge notice from the local council or a fixed penalty from the police. The rules are also different if you parked on private land. If you are unsure, contact us for advice. ​


Some local councils have made parking offences non-criminal offences and enforce parking penalty charges through the civil sheriff court procedure instead of through the criminal courts. There are special rules that apply if you have this type of parking penalty. You cannot be sent to prison but the local council can use diligence against you to try to recover the money. If you have a parking penalty charge, contact us for advice.