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Bexley PCN – Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Bexley PCN

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What is a Bexley PCN and do you have to pay these fines? We reveal all of your options after receiving a Bexley Council Penalty Charge Notice. Read on to uncover what you can and shouldn’t do next. 

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 Penalty Charge Notice?

A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) is a fine issued by local authorities and some transport groups. They’re predominantly served by councils to motorists who have committed parking contraventions. But they can also be issued for driving in a bus lane and some other traffic offences. Transport groups issue these fines for not paying road tolls on time. 

A Penalty Charge Notice is not the same as the similar-sounding Parking Charge Notice. A Parking Charge Notice is the official name of a private parking fine rather than a council parking fine. You should deal with private parking fines differently. 

So, a Bexley PCN is a…

A Bexley PCN is a Penalty Charge Notice issued by Bexley Council in the southeast of London. They may issue you a PCN in one of two ways. 

The first method is that they could leave the PCN stuck to the windscreen of your vehicle. But if your contravention is spotted on camera, they will get your address from the DVLA and send the PCN in the post. The latter is usually the case if you commit a traffic offence, including driving in a bus lane when not permitted. 

How much is a Bexley parking fine?

Penalty Charge Notices across London will cost the motorist either £80 or £130. Less serious contraventions are charged at the lower amount and more serious contraventions are charged the higher amount. 

However, you can get a 50% reduction on your Bexley parking fine if you pay your fine within 14 days. This means early payers will only have to pay £40 for less serious contraventions and £65 for more serious contraventions. It’s a good incentive made by all local authorities to get you to pay quickly. 

How long do you have to pay a Bexley parking fine?

You have 28 days to pay your Bexley PCN. Alternatively, you must appeal against the PCN during this period. If you don’t pay or appeal the fine within 28 days the fine amount and your situation can get a lot worse. 

How do you pay a Bexley parking ticket?

You can pay a Bexley parking ticket by:

  1. Sending a cheque in the post
  2. Paying with cash at Erith Library
  3. Paying over the phone on a dedicated payment line
  4. Paying online using the Bexley Council website

Full details on these payment methods can be found on this page of the local authority’s website. 

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

If you don’t pay a Penalty Charge Notice the local council will increase your fine by 50% using a charge certificate. The charge certificate increased £80 PCNs to £120, or £130 PCNs to £195 and gives you 14 days to pay the new amount. 

Anyone who ignores the charge certificate deadline will face more serious action. At this point, the council can ask for a court order to be served against you, which makes you responsible to pay. And ignoring this court order will enable the council to use debt enforcement measures, such as employing bailiffs. 

If you end up dealing with bailiffs, your debt will increase again. The fees charged by the bailiffs for their services are passed on to you. 

Can you appeal a Bexley parking fine?

You can only appeal against a Bexley PCN if you make your appeal within the first 28 days. The council doesn’t have to accept any appeals that are made outside of this timeframe. You should be honest when making an appeal. 

How do you appeal a Bexley PCN?

To challenge your Bexley PCN you must use the council’s online service. Use your vehicle registration number and PCN reference number to identify your parking ticket and lodge an appeal against it. 

Your appeal must include a statement of why you want to challenge the ticket, along with relevant evidence when able to provide it. The council will decide on your appeal and write to you to let you know their decision. 

Bexley PCN – appeal or pay?

If you have a good reason to appeal a Bexley PCN, there aren’t many reasons why you shouldn’t. However, you may want to take advantage of the 50% reduced fine by deciding not to appeal and swiftly pay the PCN instead. 

There’s not a 100% right or wrong decision for everyone. It will come down to the strength of your potential appeal and personal preferences. 

Bexley parking FAQs

How much are parking permits Bexley?
Bexley parking permits cost £125 to £150 per year depending on location. Visitor parking permits cost £20.
How do I speak to someone at Bexley Council?
To speak to someone at Bexley Council about parking and Penalty Charge Notices, including to recover a PCN reference number, call 020 8303 7777. Lines are open on weekdays between 8 am and 5 pm.
Can you park on a single yellow line in Bexley?
You can only legally park on a single yellow line (at certain times) in Bexley with a parking dispensation. Contact the council to discuss a parking dispensation if needed.

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.

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