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If a vehicle is parked in contravention of a Traffic Regulation Order (e.g. by parking in the wrong place or failing to display a valid parking permit/ticket) the vehicle would be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).

It should be noted that resident and business parking permits do not give exemptions from single or double yellow line restrictions. A towing and clamping service may also be considered in the future.

The following documents provide information regarding the enforcement of parking regulations in Bedford. However, should you need any further information please telephone the office on 01234 718057.

Paying a penalty charge notice (PCN) 

If you have received a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) you can pay this here:

Pay a penalty charge notice 


Challenges to a  Penalty Charge Notice can only be made in writing to Bedford Parking Services at the address shown on the reverse of the Notice within 14 days of the date the Notice was issued. 

Once a challenge has been received, the Penalty Charge Notice will be placed on hold until a response is sent out.  

Alternatively, you may email your challenge to

Please ensure you include your name and postal address in your correspondence to enable us to respond to you.

Remember, the ‘charge’ for parking unlawfully is £70 or £50 depending on the nature of the contravention. If the PCN remains unpaid after all appeals have been exhausted, additional charges will be incurred.

PATROL Adjudication Joint Committee

The implementation of the Traffic Management Act (TMA) 2004 was introduced in England and Wales on 31 March 2008 to provide motorists with a fairer and more transparent parking enforcement service across the country, helping raise industry standards in parking.

The Council is a member of the Parking and Traffic Regulations Outside London (PATROL) Adjudication Joint Committee. The Joint Committee publishes an Annual Statement of Accounts which is subject to External Audit and the arrangements and timetables can be found on the website.

PATROL (Parking and Traffic Regulations Outside London) offers a straightforward website with comprehensive information on parking and traffic regulations. 

The website includes a through explanation of what to do if a penalty charge notice is received and explains the stages of the enforcement process and how it has changed following the implementation of the new regulations.

For more information please visit the Patrol website

Contact Bedford Parking Services


Tel: 01234 718057

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