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Free parking after 2.00pm in our on-street and off-street car parks across the county - no ticket needed. This excludes car parks at Hardwick Park, Wharton Park and Riverside Park (South Ropery Lane, North Ropery Lane and the Donald Owen Clark car parks).

Pay a bus lane fine


If you drive in a bus lane, bus gate or bus-only street in County Durham when you should not, you may receive a fine through the post called a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).

Pay/appeal against a bus lane fine (Penalty Charge Notice) online. Please note that the ticket details may not appear online until 24 hours after the fine has been issued.

Other ways to pay

  • automated payment line 0330 0884 785
  • telephone: 0191 384 6633

The cost of the fine

A bus lane fine is £60, reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days. You have 28 pays to pay it.

What you can do if you don't agree with the fine

Find out about Challenge a bus lane fine or see What happens if you don't pay your bus lane fine.

Why we issue fines

We issues bus lane fines to: 

  • keep traffic moving (including pedestrians and cyclists)
  • improve road safety
  • improve the environment
  • improve the quality and accessibility of public transport
Contact us
Parking Services
03000 263 985
Our address is:
  • Room 4/117-122
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 9GP