The 10 Minute Grace Period

 

As of the 6 April 2015 the law requires that a penalty charge notice (PCN) must not be issued to a vehicle which has stayed parked in a designated parking place on or off street (council pay and display car parks) beyond the permitted parking period for a period of time not exceeding 10 minutes.

The exact wording in the Statutory Instrument is as follows:

“From 6 April 2015, the law requires that a penalty charge must not be issued to a vehicle which has stayed parked in a parking place on a road or in a local authority car park beyond the permitted parking period for a period of time not exceeding 10 minutes. The grace period applies to on-street and off-street parking places provided under traffic orders, whether the period of parking is paid for or free. Any penalty charge issued before expiry of the 10-minute grace period would be illegal, unless the vehicle itself is parked unlawfully (e.g. where the motorist has not paid any required parking fee or displayed a parking ticket where required).

What does this mean?

If a vehicle is parked in a restricted free or pay and display parking bay both on and off street and is parked beyond the expiry of the ticket, obtained from the machine or beyond the allotted free time, a grace period of 10 minutes must be applied. The observation period must not commence until 11 minutes after the expired time and a penalty charge notice must not be issued until the 11 minutes has passed.

The 10 minute grace period only applies to designated parking places where a person is permitted to park. A road with a restriction (e.g. single yellow line) or prohibition (e.g. double yellow line) is not a 'designated' parking place either during - or outside of - the period of the restriction or prohibition.

Where does this apply?

Designated parking places whether pay and display or free:

  • Time restricted on - street free parking bays
  • Pay and display on - street parking bays
  • Pay and display car parks

Contravention Codes that apply?

On-street

Code

Description

Level

05

Parked after expiry of paid for time

Lower

30

Parked for longer than permitted

Lower

Off-street

Code

Description

Level

80

Parked after expiry of paid for time

Lower

82

Parked for longer than permitted

Lower