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Barnet PCN – Should you Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Barnet PCN

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Have you had your day spiled by finding a Barnet PCN left on your car? Or maybe your morning coffee was made bitter by receiving one of these parking tickets in the post? 

No matter how you were served you Barnet Council PCN, we have the key information you need to know. Find out if you have to pay a council parking fine here. 

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 Barnet PCN?

A Barnet Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) is a fine from Barnet Council for parking contraventions or some traffic offences, such as using a bus lane when not allowed. The council will serve you with the fine by leaving it on your vehicle, or by sending it in the post if you were caught on camera. 

A Penalty Charge Notice is not the same as a private parking fine and should be dealt with differently. If you’ve received a private parking fine in Barnet or anywhere else, read our dedicated guide on dealing with private parking tickets

How much is a Barnet PCN?

A Barnet Council Penalty Charge Notice is a fine of either £80 or £130. You will pay the lower or higher amount depending on the seriousness of the parking contravention. 

However, anybody who pays the Penalty Charge Notice within the first 14 days will receive a 50% fine reduction. So you might only have to pay £40 or £65 to clear your Barnet Council parking fine. 

How long do you get to pay a Barnet PCN?

You must pay the Barnet Council parking fine within 28 days. If you don’t pay or appeal against the parking fine within the first 28 days, your fine will increase and you won’t be allowed to appeal anymore. 

What happens if you don’t pay a PCN UK?

Not paying a Penalty Charge Notice will result in a charge certificate, which inflates your fine by 50% and gives you 14 more days to clear the fine. This means your fine will now cost you either £120 or £195

If the council doesn’t receive a full payment from you within those 13 days, it will ask the courts to issue a court order requesting that you pay. If you can’t afford the fine, you should communicate with the council and try to make another arrangement. Otherwise, the council could employ bailiffs to come to your home and seize goods. 

Using bailiffs triggers bailiff charges which get added to your debt rather than being paid by the council. And they’re expensive! 

How do you pay a Barnet PCN?

You can pay a Penalty Charge Notice to Barnet Council over the phone or via their website. To pay by phone you need to call their automated payment line on 020 8359 2336, which is open 24 hours per day. Alternatively, click here to pay on their official website. 

Whichever way you pay, you’ll need your vehicle registration number and unique PCN number to make the payment. Your PCN number is found at the top of your parking ticket. If you can’t find this or have lost your ticket, you’ll need to get in contact with Barnet Council. 

How do I contact Barnet Council by phone?

You can speak with Barnet Council over the phone by calling 020 3856 0020. The line is open between 9 am and 5 pm on weekdays only. 

Don’t call the automated payment line mentioned above. 

How do I contact Barnet Council by email?

To email Barnet Council about your parking ticket, you need to send your email to [email protected]. If your query is time-sensitive, give them a call instead. 

Can you challenge a PCN Barnet?

Anybody who receives a Penalty Charge Notice from Barnet Council can challenge the fine if they think it’s not fair. You must make your appeal within 28 days of being served the PCN. If you miss this deadline the council doesn’t have to accept your appeal – and it probably won’t!

How do you challenge a PCN?

Most people have to challenge their PCN with a formal appeal known as a representation. This requires you to detail the reason you think the parking ticket should be cancelled, and attach any evidence to back up your arguments. You might have to do this in a letter or you may be invited to submit your appeal in another way. 

If the council agrees with your arguments, they are likely to cancel the parking fine and you won’t have to pay!

If the parking ticket was left on your vehicle by a worker from Barnet Council, you have to submit an informal appeal instead. Any informal appeal that gets rejected can be escalated to a representation. 

Barnet PCN – challenge or pay?

The decision to appeal or take advantage of a 50% fine reduction within the first 14 days can be tough. Even people who think they have a genuine reason to challenge the PCN Barnet could have their heads turned by a reduced fine. There’s no correct answer and it will all weigh on your personal preferences and situation. 

Barnet PCN challenge rejected!

You might be disappointed to hear your representation was rejected by the council. It feels a bit unfair that the council get to decide if their own parking fine should stand. But it doesn’t have to be this way. You can escalate a rejected representation to an independent tribunal to make the last and final decision. To do this, you’ll need to send your appeal to London Tribunals. 

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.

MoneyNerd has more parking ticket answers

Do you have another parking ticker question? Maybe you want to know how long a council has to send you the PCN before it cannot be enforced, or how about the ways to deal with private parking tickets. We have already answered these questions here at MoneyNerd. 

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