There are two different types of pay parking schemes. One is a pay and display. This is where you pay ahead of time and stick the ticket to the window using the sticker provided. Be sure you buy enough time as the traffic wardens are pretty good about getting to your car right after your time has run out and handing out tickets.
The other one, which are generally seen in parking buildings, is where you pay on your way out of the parking lot. There will be machines to put your card in (issued to you when you drive in) and will charge you for how long you are there.
If you get a parking ticket, you will get a reduced rate if you pay it within a few days but can be up to £20!
Here are some other parking tips, to avoid a ticket:
- Do not park on or near a junction (should be 10 feet away).
- Do not park on double yellow lines or zig-zag lines.
- A single yellow line means there are restrictions to when people can park there such as certain times of the day.
- Do not park on areas that say 'KEEP CLEAR' or the yellow box.
All the Best!
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