Our parking attendants can issue tickets – known as Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) – for contraventions of waiting, loading/unloading and parking regulations both on-street and in the Council's public car parks.

Issued tickets include:

  • The registration details of the vehicle
  • Details of the vehicle
  • The reason the ticket was issued
  • Details of how to pay or appeal

Police Scotland continue to be responsible for enforcing traffic offences such as dangerous parking or obstruction and can issue tickets in such circumstances.

Motorists who obey parking regulations will not receive a PCN. If you do receive a PCN, you can pay your parking fine online

Please ensure you take care to read any traffic signs and road markings next to parking bays or yellow lines – they will explain when you can park, for how long and if you need to pay. For further advice on typical lines and signs please follow this link for the Highway Code.

You may also wish to consider using one of the Council's off-street car parks.


Exemptions, dispensations and suspensions

Exemptions

  • Blue Badge holders provided the vehicle is parked in a manner which is not dangerous or obstructive, or where loading restrictions apply.
  • Emergency vehicles while carrying out their duties.
  • Statutory agencies such as utility companies, when carrying out emergency work.
  • Council vehicles when used in connection with statutory duties or powers.
  • Royal Mail vehicles or other universal service providers for the purposes of delivering and/or collecting mail.

Dispensations

In certain circumstances, such as where a vehicle needs to be parked at or near a premises or a location because it is essential for work taking place, we may issue parking dispensation certificates.

Suspensions

We may suspend parking bays for:

  • Facilitating the movement of traffic or promoting its safety
  • Any building operation, demolition or excavation (a separate Section 58 permit may be required)
  • The maintenance or cleaning of gullies
  • Utility works
  • Roadworks
  • Furniture removal
  • Funerals or special occasions
  • Event management

To apply for a parking suspension, please complete and submit the relevant Road permit.


Frequently asked questions

  1. What is Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE)?
  2. Why is Falkirk Council introducing DPE?
  3. When will DPE be introduced in the Falkirk Council area?
  4. What is different with DPE?
  5. Who are the Parking Attendants?
  6. How can I avoid being issued with a Penalty Charge Notice?
  7. Is Decriminalised Parking Enforcement just a money making exercise?
  8. How much are parking fines?

What is Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE)?

The enforcement of on-street waiting, loading and parking restrictions is decriminalised and enforcement transfers from Police Scotland to Falkirk Council.  

Police Scotland will still have responsibility for enforcing dangerous or obstructive parking and all "moving traffic" offences.


Why is Falkirk Council introducing DPE?

Previously, Police Scotland had a Community Traffic Warden service to look after the enforcement of waiting, loading and parking restrictions. This arrangement changed and we have taken over these responsibilities. 

This means we are responsible for the control of public parking throughout our area.


When will DPE be introduced in the Falkirk Council area?

The start date for DPE is 19 November 2018.


What is different with DPE?

The main difference is that there is regular enforcement of on-street restrictions carried out by the Council’s Parking Attendants.  If they see a vehicle contravening an on-street or off-street parking restriction a Parking Attendant may issue a parking ticket - a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) - on that vehicle. The effect of those waiting, loading and parking restrictions that exist on-street remains the same.


Who are the Parking Attendants?

Parking Attendants are employed directly by us and wear clearly identifiable uniforms.  

Parking Attendants use hand-held devices to store information, including photographic evidence of a parking contravention and to issue PCN’s. They also wear body cameras to record any incidents or inappropriate behaviour. 

Parking Attendants are not given targets for the number of PCN’s that they issue. They do however, target areas where illegal parking is an issue.


How can I avoid being issued with a Penalty Charge Notice?

Always check the traffic signs and road markings to determine if any waiting, loading or parking restrictions apply.

Don't park:

  • on double yellow lines. However, vehicles displaying a disabled persons' "Blue Badge" can park on double yellow lines so long as the vehicle is parked in a way which is not dangerous or obstructive, or where loading restrictions apply.
  • on single yellow lines or on loading restrictions, shown by yellow lines marked on the kerb, during periods when restrictions apply.
  • in loading bays unless to unload or load goods.
  • in disabled persons parking bays during restricted periods unless displaying a Blue Badge.
  • in taxi bays or bus stops during restricted periods.
  • in permit parking bays during restricted periods unless displaying a parking permit.
  • on zig-zag lines at pedestrian crossings or in front of schools.

Is Decriminalised Parking Enforcement just a money making exercise?

No. The introduction of DPE lets us discourage illegal parking. This has a number of benefits including:

  • Improving access to disabled persons parking bays for Blue Badge holders and loading bays for those delivering goods to local businesses.
  • Allowing buses to access bus stop lay-bys giving passengers easy access.
  • Making sure that the turn-over of pay and display parking bays allow more use of short term on-street parking for shoppers.
  • Easing congestion by discouraging inconsiderate parking on the road.

DPE is expected to be self-financing. The money collected from PCN's will be used to operate and maintain the enforcement scheme. Any surplus will be re-invested into improving transport and roads.

This is not a money making exercise and it may take the Council up to 20 years for the scheme to break even.


How much are parking fines?

The level of penalty charge is fixed nationally across Scotland at £60.

This charge is reduced to £30 if the penalty charge is paid within 14 days.

If unpaid, the charge may be increased to £90 and the Council’s Sheriff Officers will collect payment.