A. There is no obligation on the City Council to allow any time for motorists to obtain change for Pay & Display machines. The motorist should arrive equipped with change for the machines if he / she intends to park in these spaces. In practice our Civil Enforcement Officers carry out observation for 5 minutes before issuing a Penalty Charge Notice. However, once the Notice has been issued, it will not be cancelled in circumstances where the motorist has gone to obtain change and this has taken longer than the observation period.
A. Unfortunately the Penalty Charge will not be cancelled in these circumstances. It is the motorist's responsibility to purchase enough time to cover the duration of the parking time required, allowing for any possible over-running of meetings or appointments. In these situations it is advisable to use a car park where payment is made upon return (like Trinity Square, Broadmarsh or Fletcher Gate).
A. Only the Official Wedding cars (i.e. The Bridal party) are exempt. Any other wedding guests should park within the normal rules. Similarly only the Official Hearse and any other car provided by the Funeral Director are exempt. All other people attending the funeral should park within normal rules.
A. Again, unfortunately the Penalty Charge will not be cancelled in these circumstances. It is the motorist's responsibility to purchase enough time to cover the duration of the parking time required, It is important to make a note of the expiry time on your Pay & Display ticket and then keep a check of time, to make sure you do not over-run your paid for time.
A. Deliveries can be made within the Clear Zone before 10:00 and after 16:30. In most other areas (except where the streets are signed "no loading") deliveries can be made at any time. However, if you are parked on yellow lines, or in Pay & Display bays, our Civil Enforcement Officers will expect to see loading / unloading activity at least every 5 minutes for saloon vehicles, estate cars and 4x4 vehicles with a period of 10 minutes being given to all other vehicles of greater size (e.g. Transit vans or a HGV).
A. Unless there is a loading ban (marked by lines across the kerb as well as parallel with the kerb), loading / unloading is permitted. However, the Civil Enforcement Officer must see loading activity happening. If your vehicle was left unattended for more than the times shown (above), it is unlikely that the Penalty Charge will be cancelled, - unless you can prove that the goods were so very heavy / bulky that it would reasonably take longer than these times to take them to the relevant place. In any event delivery documents will need to be produced to enable us to consider whether the charge can be cancelled.
A. Yes there is a right of appeal. The Traffic Management Act 2004 sets out grounds on which you make representations to the Council. These are shown below:
The Council may consider mitigating circumstances, although the following reasons will not normally be accepted:
"I could not find anywhere else to park"
"I went to get change for the meter"
"I only stopped for a minute"
"I thought I was legally parked but I made a mistake"
"I lent the car to a friend and he will not pay the ticket"
"This is too much money for a parking contravention"
"There was no need for a yellow line anyway"
"I am not the owner / keeper because I hired / leased the vehicle"
A. Most of the income from Penalty Charge Notices is used to pay for the costs of enforcement. These include the costs of employing the Civil Enforcement Officers, the administration staff involved in collecting the fines, maintenance of signs and lines and other associated costs. Any surplus after the costs have been paid, has to be used towards the improvement of on-street or off-street parking facilities, measures to improve public transport or other highway associated improvements.
The council is a member of the Bus Lane Adjudication Service Joint Committee. The Joint Committee's draft accounts for 2008/09 and the notice in respect of the exercise of electors' rights are available at http://www.patrol-uk.info/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=38
A. Nottingham City Council does operate a policy on the enforcement of decriminalised parking, which has been approved by the portfolio holder for Planning and Transportation. A copy of this policy is available here Parking Policy [509kb]
A. Facilities for parking a motorcycle are available both off-street, in City Council owned and run car parks and on-street, in motorcycle and pay and display bays.
Broadmarsh car parks all provide facilities for motorcycle parking. Click relevant car park for further information and prices.
There are several on-street motorcycle parking bays situated in Nottingham City Centre. Parking in these bays is free of charge for an unlimited period of time. The bays are situated in the following streets:-
Motorcyclists may also use any other pay and display parking bays free of charge for an unlimited period of time.
Motorcyclists must adhere to the restrictions in limited waiting bays and cannot park on double or single yellow lines, in taxi ranks, bus stops, disabled or loading bays.
A. Motorists should be aware that illegally parked vehicles may be subject to removal where it will be taken to the Nottingham City Council vehicle pound.
The release fee is £105, in addition to the Penalty Charge. Storage fees are also charged if the vehicle is left at the pound more than 24 hours (£12 per day). Please note under normal operating policy a vehicle will not be released until the full outstanding balance has been paid.
Payments can be made by credit/debit card in person at the vehicle pound using Chip & Pin. Please note that cash will only be accepted outside of normal office hours (8:30am - 4:50pm).
Citizens wishing to collect their vehicle must have, in addition to key to the vehicle (which must open it ), are required to produce any two of the following forms of identification:-
Mon - Sat - 6:30am - 7:30pm
Sunday - CLOSED
Vehicle should be collected between 7am - 7pm.
Please be aware that opening times may vary and in particular on Bank or Public Holidays. It is therefore advisable for those collecting a vehicle to contact the vehicle pound using the number below to ensure it is not a wasted journey.
Nottingham City Vehicle Pound
Tel: 0115 8761861