Driving advice Parking tickets in Scotland and NI 

Parking regulations differ in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Parking regulations differ in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Parking ticket rules in Scotland

In some parts of Scotland (mainly outside the larger cities), parking is still controlled by the police, and breaches are a criminal offence, so police officers or police traffic wardens will issue Fixed Penalty Notices.

Elsewhere, the situation is the same as in England and Wales. Appeals against Penalty Charge Notice parking tickets issued by councils in Scotland are dealt with by the Scottish Parking Appeals Service. 

The Scottish Parking Appeals Service does not have a website, but you can contact them by phone on 0131 221 0409

Download the free Which? parking guide PDF

Parking ticket rules in Northern Ireland

Since October 2006, Northern Ireland has moved over to a decriminalised system of parking regulation, and enforcement is the responsibility of the Department of the Environment Roads Service. 

The Parking Enforcement Processing Unit (PEPU) is responsible for collecting parking ticket fines, enforcing non-payment and arbitrating on disputes.

On-street parking and waiting restrictions are now enforced through parking attendants, provided by private contractor National Car Parks (NCP). They issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) in the same way as in the rest of the UK.

If you receive a PCN parking ticket and want to appeal, first write to PEPU stating why the notice is unfair or incorrect. Its address is:

Parking Enforcement Processing Unit
Roads Service
County Hall
Castlerock Road
BT51 3HS

If PEPU rejects your parking ticket appeal, you can appeal through the NI Traffic Penalty Tribunal.

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