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Barking and Dagenham PCN – Pay or Appeal 2022 Laws

Barking & Dagenham PCN

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Can you take a chance and not pay your Barking and Dagenham PCN? We answer this question and discuss a range of options after receiving a Barking and Dagenham parking fine. You can even get 50% off your fine. Find out how in the information below! 

Do You Have to Pay?

In many circumstances parking tickets are not enforceable.

It’s a bit sneaky, but last time I had a parking fine, I paid £5 for a trial to chat to an online solicitor.

Not only did I save £50 on solicitor fees, I also won my case and didn’t have to pay my £271 fine.

You can try it out now, just remember to cancel the trial once you’ve got your answer.

What is a Barking and Dagenham PCN?

Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) are fines issued to motorists. They can be served by a local council or transport group. A local authority PCN can be issued for a parking contravention, traffic offence or in less frequent circumstances for not paying a road toll on time.

Transport groups are the ones that usually issue Penalty Charge Notices for failing to pay road tolls and road charges by a deadline. For example, London for Transport can send you a Penalty Charge Notice if you forget to pay the London Congestion Charge. 

Therefore, a Barking and Dagenham PCN is a Penalty Charge Notice served by Barking and Dagenham Council. 

What are PCN charges?

A Penalty Charge Notice issued by a London Borough Council will initially cost £80 or £130. The amount you’re fined could depend on the exact location of the parking contravention within the council area. But it is more likely to depend on the seriousness of the parking contravention and if others were put at risk. 

Outside of London, Penalty Charge Notice amounts differ and are cheaper in many council areas. 

How to pay a Barking and Dagenham PCN

You can pay your Barking and Dagenham PCN on the council’s website if your PCN reference number begins with BZ or BU. If your PCN reference number doesn’t start with either of these prefixes, you have to contact the local authority to make the payment. 

If you pay the fine within the first 14 days, the council will only ask for 50% of the fine amount. So you could end up paying £40 or £65 to clear your parking ticket!

How do I pay a parking ticket if I lost it (UK)?

If you have lost your parking ticket you probably won’t know the PCN reference number needed to make a payment. In this situation, you’ll need to contact the local council to recover the PCN reference number. Or they may give you a new code to use. 

Barking and Dagenham parking fine contact number

To discuss your parking fine with Barking and Dagenham Council, or to ask for a PCN reference number replacement, call 020 8215 3000. This line is open on weekdays between 8 am and 6 pm.

Should you pay a Barking and Dagenham PCN?

You must pay a parking fine to Barking and Dagenham Council within 28 days unless you are challenging the parking ticket. If you fail to make a full payment, the fine will become more expensive and you’ll face more serious action. 

What will happen if you don’t pay the PCN?

A charge certificate is sent to the vehicle owner when the PCN goes unpaid after 28 days. This action automatically increases your fine by 50% of its original value. So if you had to pay the lesser fine of £80, it will now have increased by £120. Once a charge certificate has been issued you have lost the right to appeal against the PCN as well. 

The council will give you 14 additional days to make the new payment. You’ll be able to do this using the online payment function on their website. 

Not paying the inflated fine will allow the council to register the fine as a debt and an order of recovery will be made in your name to pay. This is serious court action, and if it goes ignored, the council can recover the debt with bailiffs. 

They use private enforcement agents with expensive fees. And as you might guess, you’re the one that has to pay the fees. They get added to your total owed.

How do you challenge a PCN?

You challenge a PCN with an informal or formal appeal. The latter is called a representation. Informal appeals are reserved as the first course of action for people who were served the PCN by it being left on their vehicle. All other people and motorists who have their informal appeal rejected can submit a representation. 

How do I appeal PCN Barking and Dagenham?

Your representation to Barking and Dagenham Council can be a letter or electronic submission. It must detail all your arguments against the fine and supply evidence when appropriate. 

A full explanation of the appeals process is found here

Barking and Dagenham PCN – appeal or pay?

The decision to pay or appeal a PCN should be made on a case-by-case basis and by the individual responsible for the fine. There’s no right answer that everyone can use. It all depends on the facts around your situation as well as your personality and preferences. 

It may be worth avoiding an appeal without good reason or strong evidence if you can get 50% off your fine by paying quickly. On the other hand, you could be sure the parking fine is wrong and want justice.  

Barking and Dagenham appeal rejected – what next?

Escalate your parking fine to an independent tribunal if the council rejects your representation. London tribunals handle escalated PCN appeals and will make an unbiased decision on your case. 

Do You Have to Pay?

In many circumstances parking tickets are not enforceable.

It’s a bit sneaky, but last time I had a parking fine, I paid £5 for a trial to chat to an online solicitor.

Not only did I save £50 on solicitor fees, I also won my case and didn’t have to pay my £271 fine.

You can try it out now, just remember to cancel the trial once you’ve got your answer.

How long does the council have to send the PCN?

There are conflicting reports online. Some sources suggest the council has 14 days to send a PCN. Others say it is 28 days. You can find out the correct answer and further details in our dedicated article on this subject. 

You might be able to use a council delay as a reason to not have to pay!

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