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Contravention codes

All Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) are discounted by 50 % of the initial charge if paid within 14 days from the date of issue.

A PCN includes a contravention code and a description of the offence, and these can be located in the table below.

Code Description Charges
  On street parking  
1 Parked in a restricted street during prescribed hours £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
2 Parked or loading/unloading in a restricted street where waiting and loading/unloading restrictions are in force £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
4 Parked in a meter bay when penalty time is indicated £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
5 Parked after the expiry of paid for time at a pay and display bay £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
6 Parked without clearly displaying a valid pay and display ticket £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
7 Parked with payment made to extend the stay beyond the initial time (meter feeding) £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
8 Parked at an out-of-order meter during controlled hours - electronic meters only £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
9 Parked displaying multiple pay and display tickets where prohibited £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
10 Parked without clearly displaying two valid pay and display tickets when required £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
11 Parked without payment of the parking charge £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
12 Parked in a residents or shared use parking place without clearly displaying a permit or pay and display ticket issued for that location £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
14 Parked in an electric vehicles' charging place during restricted hours without charging £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
16 Parked in a permit space without displaying a valid permit £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
18 Using a vehicle in a parking place in connection with the sale or offering or exposing for sale of goods when prohibited £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
19 Parked in a residents or shared use parking place displaying an invalid permit, invalid voucher or an invalid pay and display ticket £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
20 Parked in a loading gap £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
21 Parked in a suspended bay/space or part of bay/space £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
22 Re-parked in the same parking space within one hour of leaving £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
23 Parked in a parking place or area not designated for that class of vehicle £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
24 Not parked correctly within the markings of the bay or space £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
25 Parked in a loading place during restricted hours without loading £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
26 Vehicle parked more than 50cm from the edge of the carriageway and not within a designated parking space £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
27 Parked adjacent to a dropped footway £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
30 Parked for longer than permitted £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
31 Entering and stopping in a box junction when prohibited £130 or £65 if paid within 14 days from date of service
32 Failing to drive in the direction shown by the arrow on a blue sign £130 or £65 if paid within 14 days from date of service
33 Using a route restricted to certain vehicles £130 or £65 if paid within 14 days from date of service
34 Being in a bus lane £130 or £65 if paid within 14 days from date of service
35 Parked in a disc parking place without clearly displaying a valid disc £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
36 Parked in a disc parking place for longer than permitted £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
37 Failing to give way to oncoming vehicles £130 or £65 if paid within 14 days from date of service
38 Failing to comply with a sign indicating that vehicular traffic must pass to the specified side of the sign £130 or £65 if paid within 14 days from date of service
40 Parked in a designated disabled person's parking place without clearly displaying a valid disabled person's badge £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
41 Parked in a parking place designated for diplomatic vehicles £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
42 Parked in a parking place designated for police vehicles £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
45 Parked on a taxi rank £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
46 Stopped where prohibited (on a red route or clearway) £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
47 Stopped on a restricted bus stop/stand £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
48 Stopped in a restricted area outside a school £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
49 Parked wholly or partly on a cycle track £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
50 Performing a prohibited turn £130 or £65 if paid within 14 days from date of service
51 Failing to comply with a no entry sign £130 or £65 if paid within 14 days from date of service
52 Failing to comply with a sign indicating a prohibition on certain types of vehicles £130 or £65 if paid within 14 days from date of service
53 Failing to comply with a restriction on vehicles entering a pedestrian zone £130 or £65 if paid within 14 days from date of service
54 Failing to comply with a sign indicating a restriction on vehicles entering and waiting in a pedestrian zone £130 or £65 if paid within 14 days from date of service
55 A commercial vehicle parked in a restricted street in contravention of the Overnight Waiting Ban £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
56 Parked in contravention of a commercial vehicle waiting restriction - non overnight waiting restriction £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
57 Parked in contravention of a coach ban - non overnight waiting restriction £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
61 A heavy commercial vehicle wholly or partly parked on a footway, verge or land between two carriageways £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
62 Parked with one or more wheels on any part of an urban road other than a carriageway (footway parking) £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
63 Parked with engine running where prohibited £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
99 Stopped on a pedestrian crossing and/or crossing area marked by zig-zags £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
  Off Street Parking  
70 Parked in a loading area during restricted hours without reasonable excuse £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
73 Parked without payment of the parking charge £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
74 Using a vehicle in a parking place in connection with the sale or offering or exposing for sale of goods when prohibited £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
80 Parked for longer than the maximum period permitted £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
81 Parked in a restricted area in a car park £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
82 Parked after the expiry of time paid for in a pay and display car park £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
83 Parked in a pay and display car park without clearly displaying a valid pay and display ticket £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
84 Parked with additional payment made to extend the stay beyond the first time purchased £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
85 Parked in a permit bay without clearly displaying a valid permit £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
86 Parked beyond the bay markings £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
87 Parked in a disabled person's parking space without clearly displaying a valid disabled person's badge £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
89 Vehicle parked exceeds maximum weight and/or height and/or length permitted in the area £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
90 Re-parked within one hour of leaving a bay or space in a car park £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
91 Parked in an area not designated for that class of vehicle £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
92 Parked causing an obstruction £110 or £55 if paid within 14 days from date of service
93 Parked in a car park when closed £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
94 Parked in a pay and display car park without clearly displaying two valid pay and display tickets when required £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
95 Parked in a parking place for a purpose other than the designated purpose for the parking place £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service
96 Parked with the engine running where prohibited £60 or £30 if paid within 14 days from date of service

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are the Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO) given targets and bonuses for achieving them?
A: No, no targets are given and no bonuses are paid.

Q: Does Merton Council use contractors to enforce Parking regulations?
A: No. All CEO's are employed directly by the council and receive an annual salary.

Q: If I am not satisfied with the outcome of my appeal against a PCN, can I take this matter to court?
A: Since the decriminalisation of parking enforcement from the police in the early 1990’s the right to go to court no longer exists. The Traffic Management Act 2004 does give the motorist a right of appeal to the Appeals Service where an independent adjudicator will hear the case and whose decision is binding on both parties.

Q: If I pay a PCN during the discount period, can I carry on making representations through the different stages of the appeal process?
A: If you pay the PCN at any stage, the case is closed with no further right of appeal, if you wish to appeal you should not pay. If your appeal is refused at the initial stage, the discount is extended for a further 14 days.

Q: Can I pay my PCN by instalments?
A: No, we do not offer instalment arrangements. Please see our PCN instalment policy

Q: If I did not own the vehicle at the time of the offence, why haven’t you sent the charge to the person who now owns the vehicle?
A: This is a common stated representation; it is the responsibility of the motorist to inform the DVLA when disposing of a vehicle, who they are disposing the vehicle to. When we issue our documents it can only be to the registered keeper (with DVLA) regardless of who was in charge of the vehicle at the time the PCN was issued or who has sent representation in.

You must inform the DVLA who the new keeper of the vehicle is on the forms provided. Please keep a copy for your records. Failure to notify the DVLA means that you are legally liable for all parking contraventions

See also

Contact us

Merton Parking Service
Merton Civic Centre
London Road
Morden
SM4 5DX

Telephone: 020 8545 4661 (10.00am - 4.00pm Mon-Fri)
Email:parking@merton.gov.uk

This page was last updated on Wednesday 2 October 2013