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.


Dispensations and suspensions

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.


Common reasons for a ticket or fine

The contravention code on your parking ticket lets you know why you received it.

Code Reason
01 Parked in a restricted street during prescribed hours
02 Parked or loading/unloading in a restricted street where waiting and loading/unloading restrictions are in force
06 Parked without clearly displaying a valid pay and display ticket or voucher
25 Parked in a loading place or bay during restricted hours without loading
30 Parked for longer than permitted
40 Parked in a designated disabled person's parking place wit hour displaying a valid disabled person's badge in the prescribed manner
47 Stopped on a restricted bus stop or stand
82 Parked after the expiry of paid for time
83 Parked in a car park without clearly displaying a valid pay and display ticket or voucher or parking clock
86 Not parked correctly within the markings of a bay or space
87 Parked in a designated person's parking place without displaying a valid disabled person's badge in the prescribed manner

Additional information

Code Reason
Restricted street A street where there are waiting restrictions in the form of a double of single yellow lines
Prescribed hours Hours in which a waiting restriction applies and a ticket can be issued:
a) Double yellow lines - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
b) Single yellow lines - as indicated by upright signs
Loading/unloading restrictions Disabled persons blue badges are not applicable in a loading bay
Restricted hours Hours in which a loading/unloading restriction is in force

Frequently asked questions

  1. What is Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE)?
  2. Who are the Parking Attendants?
  3. How can I avoid being issued with a Penalty Charge Notice?
  4. Is Decriminalised Parking Enforcement just a money making exercise?
  5. How much are parking fines?
  6. How can I pay my parking ticket?

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.


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.
  • for longer than permitted by your purchased pay and display ticket or Ringo session.

Purchase:

  • A valid pay and display ticket or Ringo session where charges apply.

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 if it remains unpaid.


How can I pay my parking ticket?

If you have received a parking fine you can pay it online using the details shown on your ticket.

More information can be found on our Pay or view a parking fine page.