Driving advice Parking ticket appeal sample letters

Use these sample letters to make a complaint. You can adapt the text  if you're making your complaint by email or through the organisation's website.

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Challenge a parking ticket if you did not commit the offence 

[Your address and full contact details]

[Issuing authority address]


Dear,

[Reference:
Penalty Charge Notice number: xxxxx
Date of issue: xxxxx
Vehicle registration: xxxxx]


I am writing to formally challenge the above Penalty Charge Notice.

On [date] my vehicle was issued with a Penalty Charge Notice for the reason of [offence code and official reason for issue as stated on the Penalty Charge Notice.]

In accordance with the Road Traffic Act 1991, my challenge is on the basis that the contravention did not occur. [State the reasons why].

Please find enclosed evidence to this effect, in the form of [if evidence is available, state the details and why it backs up your case].

For this reason I look forward to receiving notification that the Penalty Charge Notice has been cancelled within 28 days.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name and signature]

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Challenge a parking ticket if you didn't own the vehicle at the time

[Your address and full contact details]

[Issuing authority address]


Dear,

[Reference:
Penalty Charge Notice number: xxxxx
Date of issue: xxxxx
Vehicle registration: xxxxx]


I am writing to formally challenge the above Penalty Charge Notice.

In accordance with the Road Traffic Act 1991, my challenge is on the basis that at the time the above PCN was issued, I was not the owner of the vehicle concerned.

[State whether the contravention occurred either by a previous or new owner and dates when your ownership began or ceased] Please find enclosed evidence to this effect, in the form of [if evidence is available, state the details and why it backs up your case].

The contact details of the vehicle owner at the time the PCN was issued are as follows:

[New/previous owner name and address]

For this reason I look forward to receiving notification that my liability for the Penalty Charge Notice has been cancelled within 28 days.

Please do not hesitate in contacting me using the above contact details should you require any additional information.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name and signature]

Challenge a parking ticket if the vehicle was taken without your consent

[Your address and full contact details]

[Issuing authority address]


Dear,

[Reference:
Penalty Charge Notice number: xxxxx
Date of issue: xxxxx
Vehicle registration: xxxxx]


I am writing to formally challenge the above Penalty Charge Notice.

In accordance with the Road Traffic Act 1991, my challenge is on the basis that at the time the above PCN was issued, my vehicle had been taken without consent.

I reported the vehicle stolen to the [state which force] police on [date] and was issued with the following crime reference number: [No: xxxxxxxxxx]

I remain the legal owner of the vehicle as it has since been recovered and returned to me on [Date]. But as you will see from the enclosed [police report/evidence] the vehicle was not in my care at the time the Penalty Charge Notice was issued.

For this reason I look forward to receiving notification that my liability for the Penalty Charge Notice has been voided, within 28 days.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name and signature]

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Other sections in this guide

  1. Overview
  2. Parking tickets: your rights
  3. Parking ticket enforcement
  4. How to contest a parking ticket
  5. Parking tickets: tips to avoid them
  6. Parking ticket appeal sample letters
  7. Parking tickets in Scotland and NI 
  8. Parking ticket FAQs