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Parking enforcement penalties

The Traffic Management Act requires local authorities to set two levels of penalty charge related to the seriousness of the contravention.

Swindon has adopted the higher contravention price band at £70 (£35) and the lower contravention price band at £50 (£25).

Details of contravention codes, descriptions, observation times and the charges, are available below:

Higher contravention

  • Parked in a restricted street during prescribed hours
    • Offence code: 01
    • Observation time: 5 minutes
  • Parked or loading/unloading in a restricted street where waiting and loading/unloading restrictions are in force
    • Offence code: 02
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Parked in a residents' or shared use parking place or zone without clearly displaying either a permit or voucher or pay and display ticket issued for that place
    • Offence code: 12
    • Observation time: 5 minutes
  • Parked in a permit space without displaying a valid permit
    • Offence code: 16
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Using a vehicle in a parking place in connection with the sale or offering or exposing for sale of goods when prohibited
    • Offence code: 18
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Parked in a loading gap marked by a yellow line
    • Offence code: 20
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Parked in a suspended bay or space or part of bay or space
    • Offence code: 21
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Parked in a parking place or area not designated for that class of vehicle
    • Offence code: 23
    • Observation time: 5 minutes
  • Parked in a loading place during restricted hours without loading
    • Offence code: 25
    • Observation time: 5 minutes
  • Parked in a special enforcement area more than 50 cm from the edge of the carriageway and not within a designated parking place
    • Offence code: 26
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Parked in a special enforcement area adjacent to a dropped footway
    • Offence code: 27
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Parked in a designated disabled person’s parking place without displaying a valid disabled person’s badge in the prescribed manner
    • Offence code: 40
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Parked in a parking place designated for police vehicles
    • Offence code: 42
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Parked on a taxk rank
    • Offence code: 45
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Stopped where prohibited (on a red route or clearway)
    • Offence code: 46
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Stopped on a restricted bus stop or stand
    • Offence code: 47
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Stopped in a restricted area outside a school when prohibited
    • Offence code: 48
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Parked wholly or partly on a cycle track or lane
    • Offence code: 49
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Parked in contravention of a commercial vehicle waiting restriction
    • Offence code: 56
    • Observation time: 5 minutes
  • A heavy commercial vehicle wholly or partly parked on a footway, verge or land between two carriageways
    • Offence code: 61
    • Observation time: Log
  • Parked with one or more wheels on or over a footpath or any part of a road other than a carriageway
    • Offence code: 62
    • Observation time: Log
  • Stopped on a pedestrian crossing or crossing area marked by zigzags
    • Offence code: 99
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Using a vehicle in a parking place in connection with the sale or offering or exposing for sale of goods when prohibited
    • Offence code: 74
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Parked in a restricted area in a car park
    • Offence code: 81
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Parked in a permit bay without clearly displaying a valid permit
    • Offence code: 85
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Parked in a designated disabled person’s parking place without displaying a valid disabled person’s badge in the prescribed manner
    • Offence code: 87
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Vehicle parked exceeds maximum weight or height or length permitted in the area
    • Offence code: 89
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Parked in a car park or area not designated for that class of vehicle
    • Offence code: 91
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Parked causing an obstruction
    • Offence code: 92
    • Observation time: 0 minutes

Lower contravention

  • Parked after the expiry of paid for time
    • Offence code: 05
    • Observation time: 5 minutes
  • Parked without clearly displaying a valid pay & display ticket or voucher
    • Offence code: 06
    • Observation time: 2 minutes
  • Parked with payment made to extend the stay beyond initial time
    • Offence code: 07
    • Observation time: Log
  • Parked in a residents' or shared use parking place or zone displaying an invalid permit, an invalid voucher or an invalid pay & display ticket
    • Offence code: 19
    • Observation time: 5 minutes
  • Re-parked in the same parking place or zone within one hour* of leaving
    • Offence code: 22
    • Observation time: Log
  • Not parked correctly within the markings of the bay or space
    • Offence code: 24
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Parked in a special enforcement area on part of the carriageway raised to meet the level of a footway, cycle track or verge
    • Offence code: 28
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Parked for longer than permitted
    • Offence code: 30
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Parked in a disc parking place without clearly displaying a valid disc
    • Offence code: 35
    • Observation time: 5 minutes
  • Parked in a disc parking place for longer than permitted
    • Offence code: 36
    • Observation time: Log
  • Parked for longer than the maximum period permitted
    • Offence code: 80
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Parked after the expiry of paid for time
    • Offence code: 82
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Parked in a car park without clearly displaying a valid pay & display ticket or voucher or parking clock
    • Offence code: 83
    • Observation time: 2 minutes
  • Parked with additional payment made to extend the stay beyond time first purchased
    • Offence code: 84
    • Observation time: Log
  • Parked beyond the bay markings
    • Offence code: 86
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Re-parked within one hour* of leaving a bay or space in a car park
    • Offence code: 90
    • Observation time: Log
  • Parked in car park when closed
    • Offence code: 93
    • Observation time: 0 minutes
  • Parked in a parking place for a purpose other than the designated purpose for the parking place
    • Offence code: 95
    • Observation time: Not used

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