About Penalty Charge Notices (PCN)

Contravention codes

If you receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN), it will include a contravention code and a description of the offence.

The PCN charges for more serious contraventions are £130 (Band A) and £110 (Band B). The PCN charges for less serious contraventions are £80 (Band A) and £60 (Band B). The contravention codes are given below, grouped according to which level of charge they will attract.

Higher level penalty charge parking contraventions - On street

Contravention code Description Explanation
01 Parked in a restricted street during prescribed hours Parked on a yellow line or in a street where there is a temporary waiting restriction.
02 Parked or loading/unloading in a restricted street where waiting and loading/unloading restrictions are in force Parked where there is a yellow line and yellow markings on the kerb.
12 Parked in a residents' or shared use parking place without either clearly displaying a valid permit or voucher or pay and display ticket issued for that place, or without payment of the parking charge Where no resident or visitor permit or pay & display ticket valid for that parking place is displayed.
16 Parked in a permit space without displaying a valid permit The appropriate permit for that space must be clearly displayed on the windscreen.
20 Parked in a part of a parking place marked by a yellow line where waiting is prohibited This is a yellow line in between two parking spaces.
21 Parked wholly or partly in a  suspended bay or space  A suspension is marked by a yellow triangular sign, which gives details of the date/time and area suspended.
23 Parked in a parking place or area not designated for that class of vehicle Only certain vehicles may park in some places.
25 Parked in a loading place or bay during restricted hours without loading.  Loading places are for loading and unloading only.
26 Parked in a special enforcement area more than 50 cm from the edge of the carriageway and not within a designated parking place You may not 'double park'. This applies even if there is no other vehicle present.
27 Parked in a special enforcement area adjacent to a footway, cycle track or verge lowered to meet the level of the carriageway Parked in front of a dropped kerb at a junction or driveway access when other restrictions do not apply.
40 Parked in a designated disabled person's parking place without displaying a valid disabled person's badge in the prescribed manner. Only valid blue badge holders may park in a disabled person's space.
45 Stopped in a taxi rank Only a taxi may park on a taxi rank. Other vehicles may not park, even to pick up a passenger.
47 Stopped on a restricted bus stop or stand You may not stop at a bus stop or stand.
48 Stopped in a restricted area outside a school, a hospital or a fire, police or ambulance station when prohibited This is shown by yellow zig-zag markings. You may not stop there for any reason.
55 A commercial vehicle parked in a restricted street in contravention of the Overnight Waiting Ban No commercial vehicle over 5 tonnes in weight may park overnight in London streets.
61 A heavy commercial vehicle wholly or partly parked on a footway, verge or land between two carriageways You may not park with any part of an HGV on the pavement.
62 Parked with one or more wheels on or over a footpath or any part of a road other than a carriageway You may not park with any part of your car on the pavement.
99 Stopped on a pedestrian crossing or crossing area marked by zig-zags You must not stop on a pedestrian crossing or in the white zig-zag area.

Higher level penalty charge parking contraventions - Off street

Contravention code
 Description  Explanation
81 Parked in a restricted area in a car park Parked on a yellow line or within a restricted area in a car park or off-street parking area where there is a temporary waiting restriction.
85 Parked without clearly displaying a valid permit where required The appropriate permit for that space must be clearly displayed on the windscreen.
91 Parked in a car park or area not designated for that class of vehicle Only certain vehicles may park in the car park.

Lower level penalty charge parking contraventions - On street

Contravention code Description Explanation
05 Parked after the expiry of paid for time You must move your car before the pay and display ticket expires.
06 Parked without clearly displaying a valid pay & display ticket or voucher The pay and display ticket must be clearly displayed on the windscreen
07 Parked with payment made to extend the stay beyond initial time In Wandsworth, you may not pay extra money into a pay and display machine to extend the time you have already purchased past the maximum time allowed at that parking place.
19 Parked in a residents' or shared use parking place or zone either displaying an invalid permit or voucher or pay & display ticket, or after the expiry of paid for time Parked in a resident or shared use bay displaying an invalid permit or ticket.
22 Re-parked in the same parking place within one hour after leaving You must not return to the same parking place within a specified period of leaving it.
24 Not parked correctly within the markings of the bay or space All the wheels must be within the parking space.
30 Parked for longer than permitted This applies in a free parking space with a restriction on the length of stay.

Lower level penalty charge parking contraventions - Off street

 Contravention code
Description
 Explanation
82 Parked after the expiry of paid for time You must move your car before the pay and display ticket expires.
83 Parked in a car park without clearly displaying a valid pay & display ticket or voucher or parking clock The pay and display ticket must be clearly displayed in the windscreen.

Moving traffic contraventions - all charged at the Band A higher rate

Contravention code Description Explanation
31 Entering and stopping in a box junction when prohibited Do not enter the box junction unless your exit is clear or you are turning right.
32 Failing to drive in the direction shown by the arrow on a blue sign Vehicular traffic must proceed in the direction indicated by the arrow
34 Being in a bus lane You may not park or drive in a bus lane.
37 Failing to give way to oncoming vehicles Priority must be given to vehicles from the opposite direction.
50 Performing a prohibited turn Vehicles may not turn in the direction indicated on the sign.
51 Failing to comply with a no entry sign There is no entry for vehicular traffic.
52 Failing to comply with a sign indicating a prohibition on certain types of vehicle

The vehicle/s indicated on the sign are prohibited

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