The county council is responsible for issuing a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) when on-street parking restrictions are contravened.
These powers were introduced under the Road Traffic Act 1991. The purpose of these powers is not to raise money, but to:
- Reduce dangerous and inconsiderate parking
- Improve conditions in residents’ parking zones
- Improve safety outside schools
- Assist Blue Badge holders
- Allow traffic and emergency services to move freely
While the county council and district councils share the operating costs of the scheme, the aim is for it to be self-funding. If there is a surplus, it can only be used for transport improvements.
Penalty charge notices
Around 20 civil enforcement officers work across Lincolnshire, taking a sensible approach to local parking problems. They do not have targets to meet.
For most parking contraventions, your PCN will be for £70, but for some limited parking and waiting bays, it will be for £50. This is reduced by 50 per cent if your payment is received within 14 days.
You will not receive any penalty points on your driving licence.
The registered keeper of the vehicle is legally responsible for the PCN issued and will be the person pursued in cases of non-payment.
It is not intended to introduce clamping or removals - other than by bailiffs for unpaid debts - but this could be considered in the future.
Avoid getting a PCN
All waiting and loading restrictions are indicated with appropriate lines and markings. They remain in place throughout the year, including Bank Holidays, unless otherwise stated on nearby signage.
If you are a Blue Badge holder, you must park in accordance with the scheme.
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Parking enforcement policy and guidance
A parking enforcement policy was produced by the county council, in conjunction with district councils, and approved by the Department for Transport. The aims are to:
- Ensure a consistent countywide approach to parking enforcement
- Ease congestion by improving compliance with parking restrictions
- Enhance and support local economies
A parking enforcement procedures manual has been produced for motorists, which aims to:
- Remind people how to park carefully and considerately within the law
- Explain Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) and the appeals system
- Outline standard contraventions and observation times
- Offer guidance on enforcement procedures
Parking enforcement guidance for councillors had also been produced to help councillors explain the process to their constituents.
Parking statistics and reports
Monthly statistics and annual reports about PCNs are available to download below.