Bit of a long story, but put simply - I mistakenly parked in a parking bay for 6 minutes during loading hours only, was caught on camera and got a ticket.
I parked in a parking bay that I have used on several occasions.
Parked at 9.39am outside 'Greggs' the bakers - I didn't have change for the parking machine and nor did my sister in Law who was with me, so I went into Greggs to buy something and so get some change.
Came back out to the car and my sister in Law went into Greggs. I went to put money in the machine and the coin slot was closed and it had a message on the machine (can't remember what), so I went to look at the yellow sign and it said that the bays were 'loading only' until 10am.
I got back in the car, phoned my sister in Law to tell her to hurry up, turned the car round whilst waiting for her to come out and we went to park elsewhere.
There are 3 photos on the PCN letter, the last one has me in it reading the yellow sign!
So, I don't know whether to appeal as the I guess the contravention did occur and it was my fault for not checking the sign (it didn't cross my mind to as I have parked there before but not so early in the day) but it was a genuine mistake and they can see that as soon as I realised I wasn't allowed to park there I moved. I wasn't in anybody's way either as there was no-one else loading and lots of free space. Maybe I would have been okay if I had had the money for the machine as I would have left much quicker!
So should I bother trying to appeal or just accept it and pay? And if I lose, will I have to pay the full £100 or will I still be able to pay the discounted rate of £50?
Thank yous for reading all that! x