Parking fines and Penalty Charge Notices

PCN's are given for parking restrictions and other contraventions such as non payment of London congestion charge.

PCN’s are given for parking restrictions and other traffic contraventions such as non-payment of London congestion charge.

Parking and PCN’s

Penalty Charge Notices are issued by local authorities for parking offences:

  • Parking without a valid pay and display ticket in car parks.
  • Parking on yellow lines.
  • Parking in disabled bays without a valid disabled badge.
  • Parking without a valid resident or visitor permit within Controlled Parking Zones.

Other reasons you may receive a PCN

Breaking traffic rules:

  • Going against a ‘no right turn’ sign – Local Authority.
  • Driving in a bus lane – Local Authority.
  • Contravention on a Red route – Transport for London (Tfl).
  • Not paying the congestion charge – Tfl.
  • Low emission zone PCN – TfL.
  • Dartford Crossing (Dart Charge) on time.

Deadlines and penalties

If you receive a PCN the charge is £70 for outside London and £130 for London.

  • Pay the charge within 28 days (you will receive a 50% discount if paid within 14 days of the PCN issue date), or.
  • Challenge the PCN within 14 days of the date it was issued (if your appeal is upheld the 50% discount will be re-offered).

If you don’t pay a PCN within 28 days, you’ll get a ‘charge certificate’, and you’ll have 14 days to pay the original fine plus 50% more.

You’ll get a court order demanding payment if you don’t pay a charge certificate within 14 days.

How to appeal against a PCN

Use the a PCN appeal process if you believe a PCN should not have been issued.

What is the difference between a Penalty Charge Notice and Parking Charge Notice?

Private companies can issue parking tickets and may call them Parking Charge Notices, but they are not the same as the Penalty Charge Notice. They are not backed up by law. … If the car park operator wants to force you to pay, they will need to take you to the civil court, which is costly and time-consuming.

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