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Information on Penalty Charge Notices and frequently asked questions

Parking restrictions in Middlesbrough are enforced for traffic management and road safety reasons. Parking enforcement is carried out in accordance with the Traffic Management Act 2004 (Part 6 Civil Parking Enforcement). Parking Penalty Charge Notices (PCN'S) can either be served on the vehicle or driver by a Civil Enforcement Officer or by post on the registered keeper of the vehicle. A Penalty Charge Notice may be served by post if the Civil Enforcement Officer was either prevented from serving the notice on the vehicle or driver or if the vehicle was driven away before the Penalty Charge Notice could be served.

Parking Penalty Charge Notices have differential penalty charge levels. A higher level £70 penalty charge for parking in a place where it is always prohibited such as on waiting and loading restrictions or for parking in a disabled bay without displaying a valid blue badge. A lower level £50 penalty charge for less serious contraventions such as overstaying in a parking place or for parking outside of a marked bay. To encourage prompt payment both higher and lower level penalty charges are reduced by 50% if payments is made within 14 days (21 days for Penalty Charge Notices issued by camera car).

A Penalty Charge Notice may also be served by post if the parking contravention was recorded by an approved device i.e. a CCTV camera. In March 2014 the Council obtained a camera car (pictured below) to enable it to enforce some parking restrictions by CCTV. The camera car is used to enforce no stopping restrictions which are difficult and not practical for a Civil Enforcement Officer to enforce on foot. For Penalty Charge Notices issued by the camera car the 50% penalty charge discount period is extended to 21 days. The camera car is clearly marked as a Road Safety and Enforcement vehicle.

For further information on parking penalty charge notices including those issued by camera car please see the 'frequently asked questions' section below.Enforcement Car

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