Car parking fines are fines levied by the government, or agencies contracted by the government, on motorists who park their vehicles in a way which is non conformant with the rules and regulations prevailing in a given area. Fines can be imposed either by police or by traffic wardens whose sole job function it is to attend to such things. In some cases, private companies may contracted by government agencies to carry out traffic policing duties.
Fines may be imposed if a motorist parks a vehicle in a place where parking is never acceptable, for example because doing so blocks a vital access way. Fines may also be imposed if a motorist parks a vehicle in a place where parking is acceptable without a valid ticket which grants him or her the right to do so during the relevant time.
Once a fine is imposed, the motorist involved usually has a certain amount of time in which to pay it. Failure to do so may result in further fines or court action.
Motorists can usually appeal a parking fine if they feel that it was imposed in error or that there was extraordinary circumstances which made violation of the parking regulations unavoidable. An appeal process will usually eventually result in a court hearing.