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Birmingham PCN – Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Birmingham City PCN

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Birmingham City Council can issue parking tickets for parking offences on council land. These are known as Penalty Charge Notices or PCNs. So, what are your options after being served with Birmingham PCN? 

We answer this question in detail as well as other queries by disgruntled motorists in the midlands. 

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 Birmingham PCN?

A Penalty Charge Notice – shortened to PCN – is a fine issued by local authorities in the UK. They are predominantly issued for parking offences but can also be issued for some driving offences and not paying road tolls. Therefore a Birmingham PCN is one of these fines issued by Birmingham City Council.

The type of driving offence that could get you a PCN is driving in bus lanes or turning right or left when not allowed. 

A Penalty Charge Notice is not the same as private parking fines, which are called Parking Charge Notices. The latter is not legally enforceable at first. 

What happens if you don’t pay Birmingham Clean Air Zone?

You will be issued a Penalty Charge Notice of £120 if you don’t pay the Birmingham Clean Air Zone charge by the deadline. You have until the end of the sixth day after you drove within the Birmingham Clean Air Zone to make a payment, currently £8 per vehicle. 

How much is a PCN Birmingham?

Penalty Charge Notices for parking offences start at £50 for overstaying in some council car parks, but most other parking offence fines start at £70 and increase depending on the severity of the parking offence. The Penalty Charge Notice fine for not paying the Birmingham Clean Air Zone charge is £120. 

All Penalty Charge Notice fines can be halved if you make a payment in 14 days. For example, if you receive a PCN for £70, you’ll only have to pay £35 if you pay within the 14 days. 

Do you have to pay a Birmingham PCN?

You must pay a PCN from Birmingham Council within 28 days or within 14 days to receive a 50% discount on the fine. The only time you do not have to pay a Birmingham PCN in this time is if you are appealing against the fine. If the PCN is withdrawn after a successful appeal, you never have to pay this parking fine. 

How do you pay a PCN Birmingham?

You can pay a Birmingham City Council parking ticket over the phone, by cheque, at a PayPoint location with cash or online using the council’s website. You’ll need your PCN number to make a payment, which is a 10 digit number found on the parking ticket. 

Can you appeal against a Birmingham PCN?

All appeals against a Birmingham City Council Penalty Charge Notice must be lodged within 28 days. After 28 days you cannot challenge your council parking ticket. 

How do I challenge PCN Birmingham?

You challenge a Birmingham PCN by writing a letter with your arguments against the parking fine, which may be something like:

  1. Your car broke down
  2. The ticket machine wasn’t working
  3. You were involved in an emergency and couldn’t get to your vehicle in time

You should provide evidence when possible. This might include a photo of a ticket machine, a doctor’s report, videos or something else. Use our free PCN appeal letter template to make appealing easier. 

The above process is the formal appeal known as a representation. But if you found the fine stuck to your car, you have to make an informal appeal first. You can make a formal appeal if the informal appeal is rejected. 

How do I contact Birmingham City Council PCN?

If you have lost your PCN number or have a question about your parking fine, you should call Birmingham City Council. The number to ask a question is 0121 675 2000, and lines are open on weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm.

Birmingham PCN – appeal or pay?

It’s a personal choice whether to appeal or pay your Penalty Charge Notice. The decision will be influenced by how convinced you are that your appeal will be accepted. Some people might want to avoid the hassle and choose to pay the discounted fine instead. There is no right or wrong answer for everyone. 

Birmingham PCN appeal denied – what now?

When a formal appeal is denied, you might still get your Birmingham PCN erased. After the council rejects your appeal you can escalate the matter to an independent tribunal. This tribunal will judge whether the parking ticket should be enforced or cancelled and has the final say. 

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.

Need more help fighting parking tickets?

Got another question about council or private parking tickets? We have answers. Learn more ways to deal with parking tickets and your rights in our new MoneyNerd articles. Check them out today and armour yourself with your legal rights when fighting UK parking fines. 

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