Can I be penalized for not having a parking ticket if the engine doesn’t work?

DRIVERS may think that a broken ticket machine means you can park for free – but that’s not always the case.

You can still get a penalty even if there’s no way to pay it, but in some cases, you might have your penalty rescinded.

Double-check the rules to avoid parking fines


Double-check the rules to avoid parking fines

You may be fined for not having a parking ticket if the machine breaks down, but you can appeal that decision.

Citizens Advice said fines can be canceled but only if there is no other way to pay.

It won’t be deleted if there’s another working machine nearby – so make sure you double check before you leave without paying.

If you decide to park, you should take a picture of the broken machine as you will need it to appeal if you end up being fined.

More than half of motorists have successfully complained to parking companies from local councils, An investigation by The Sun is found.

But sometimes the parking lots are signposted not to stop there if there is no way to pay.

If you ignore the sign and get a ticket, there’s a high chance your appeal will be denied, so you’ll have to pay the fine.

How much is a parking fee?

The fine varies from council to council, but most will give you 28 days to pay before it goes up.

The cost also depends on what type it is and who issued it, but notice the penalty fee is usually £70 or £130 in London.

You usually have 28 days to pay. In some cases, the penalty will be halved if you pay within 14 days.

If you lose your ticket, you should contact the issuer of the fine to find out how to pay it, or risk having to pay extra.

How can I appeal a parking fine?

The best way to avoid paying is to not risk a fine.

If you are unsure about parking when the engine breaks down, it may be wiser to find another place to stop.

But if you decide to park and get a ticket, you can appeal the fine.

Remember, if you could have paid for your ticket another way, your appeal is unlikely to have been successful.

In that case, you should think about just paying the penalty because you usually get a discount for paying earlier.

If you decide to appeal, here are the steps you should take:

  • Stop pay your parking ticket immediately if you want to claim the charge
  • Tick how long do you have to challenge the ticket
  • Make initial claim against the ticket issuer by phone, post or email, including supporting evidence such as a photograph of a unclear parking sign
  • Write further claim if your ticket issuer has a formal complaint procedure. Some ticket companies that are part of independent appeals programs offer free and objective services
  • Salary your parking ticket if your appeal is denied – you may incur additional costs otherwise

Whatever you do, don’t just ignore the fine because you’ll end up paying more and may even be taken to court.

We’ve rounded up five holes that can help you appeal your fine and make sure you know some lesser known rules that could get you fined.

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