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Brent PCN – Should you Pay or Appeal? 

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· May 29th, 2024
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If you’ve just received a Brent council parking fine and you’re unsure whether to pay it or appeal, this is the right place to get guidance. Every month, more than 130,000 people visit our website seeking advice on fines and parking tickets, so you’re not alone.

In fact, in 2021, Churchill Motor Insurance reported an 8% increase in penalty charge notices (PCNs) in Britain, with over 5.2 million issued.1

In this easy-to-read article, we will explain:

  • What a Brent Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) is.
  • Whether you must pay Brent parking fines.
  • The process to appeal against a Brent parking fine.
  • Ways to avoid getting a parking fine in Brent.
  • What can happen if you don’t pay the fine.

We know that receiving a parking fine can be a real bother, so we’re here to offer some guidance. With many useful tips and examples, we aim to make this process simpler for you.

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Most Appeals Succeed

In some circumstances, you might have a legitimate reason not to pay your fine.

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

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*Around 35,000 people dispute their tickets each year with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal, and a striking 64% of those appeals are successful, so it’s well worth a try. 

What is the fine?

A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) is a fine issued to motorists by councils and transport groups.

Councils issue these fines for parking and traffic contraventions, whereas transport groups typically issue them for missing a road toll deadline, such as the London Congestion Charge

A Penalty Charge Notice is not the same as a Parking Charge Notice, which is the name for a private car park fine.

You deal with Parking Charge Notices in a specific way, which is explained in our private parking fine post

What is a PCN?

A Brent PCN is a Penalty Charge Notice issued by Brent Council in the north-west of London.

They only issue you a PCN for contraventions within their council area. 

The council employs civil enforcement officers (CEOs) to issue PCNs directly by leaving the PCN on your vehicle.

Your contravention might be caught on camera, in which case the council will send the PCN to the registered keeper’s address.

The authority retrieves the address by contacting the DVLA

You won’t be able to see your Brent PCN online for the first 24 hours, so you might need to sweat it out for a while if you’re not sure you’ve been caught.

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Initial Fine £100
Additional Fees £171
Total Fine £271

The Appeal Process

Scott used JustAnswer, online legal service to enhance his appeal. The trial of this cost him just £5.

Total Fine £271
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Understanding parking zones

Brent has various Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) which residents and visitors can use if they have valid permits or a voucher for a specific zone.

The aim of these controlled zones is to discourage commuters and motorists from outside the Borough from parking in the areas.

Do you have to pay?

You should pay or appeal against a Brent parking fine within 28 days to avoid further action and a more expensive fine.

If you don’t pay or make a Brent Penalty Charge Notice appeal within 28 days, you lose the right to appeal and your fine increases

Learn exactly what happens if you ignore a Brent PCN below! 

Can you challenge a ticket?

You’re allowed to challenge a Penalty Charge Notice from Brent Council as long as your appeal is made within 28 days.

Appeals made after 28 days don’t have to be accepted by the local authority and you’ll probably be sent a charge certificate and you’ll have to pay an increased fine

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The appeal process

Your Brent PCN appeal could begin by viewing the evidence against you, which could include CCTV footage.

This is possible on the council’s website using your PCN reference number. 

You’ll then need to argue your case against the PCN, which is officially known as a Brent PCN representation.

You’ll need to present your arguments and attach any necessary evidence which can be uploaded to the Brent Council website appeals section, or it can be sent by post. 

Full details can be found here and on the table below.

Process: Steps you should take:
When you receive the ticket… You should gather as much evidence as you can to support your appeal claim and prove that the ticket was unfairly issued.
If you were given the ticket in person/attached to your car… You must make an informal appeal (sent to the local authority/council that issued the PCN) within 14 days. This should be a letter with the evidence proving why the ticket was incorrectly given.
If it was posted to you… You will be given 21 days to submit an informal appeal (from the day you received the letter). Your informal appeal should be a letter with the evidence proving why the ticket was incorrectly given.
If the informal appeal is rejected… You will receive a Notice to Owner and will have 28 days to respond to this with a formal appeal. You can conduct the formal appeal online or via paper form. The Traffic Penalty Tribunal can send you one of these forms.
If the formal appeal is rejected… You will receive a Notice of Rejection. From here, you are free to challenge the council’s verdict at an independent tribunal.
If the independent tribunal disagrees with your appeal… You should pay the ticket within 28 days of the tribunal rejecting your appeal. If you don’t, the fine will be increased by 50%.
If you don’t have the money to pay the fine, you should contact Citizens Advice or another debt charity.

If they reject the appeal, you can take it to London Tribunals for a final decision

Should I Dispute?

Only you can make the call on whether to appeal or pay.

The only downside of challenging a Brent Council parking ticket is that you could miss out on the 50% discounted rate by appealing.

You should base your decision on how strong you think your arguments are and personal preferences. 

One way to judge your chances of appeal success is to go and look at your PCN on the council’s website, specifically the Brent PCN images and any other Brent PCN evidence against you.

Getting the support of a Solicitor can take a huge weight off your mind.

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How much is a fine?

Brent Council parking fines are £80 for less serious contraventions and £130 for more serious contraventions.

It is the standard Penalty Charge Notice amount within the London area.

But you can get 50% off your Brent PCN by making a payment quickly. 

Paying the fine within the first 14 days (21 days if you received the PCN by post) will automatically secure you a reduced fine.

People who pay within this period will only have to pay £40 or £65 for less and more serious contraventions, respectively. 

Check out why one motorist got a Brent PCN and wanted to know if they could file an appeal against it.


How to make a payment

The quickest and easiest way for most people to make a Brent PCN payment is to pay online using the council’s website.

You’ll need your PCN reference number which begins with the letters ‘BT’, as well as your vehicle registration number.

Your Brent PCN number can be found on your parking ticket. 

Click here to go straight to the Brent PCN payment portal. 

Brent PCN contact number

There isn’t a specific Brent parking fines contact number, but the number to speak with the council about parking is 020 8290 8300.

The alternative Penalty Charge Notice Brent contact number below is only to be used to make a payment.

Brent PCN contact number (Payments): 020 8099 0700
Brent PCN view: View PCN details online option
Address: London Borough of Brent (Parking Services), PO Box 210, Sheffield S98 1NE
Brent Council PCN email address: N/A
Website: https://www.brent.gov.uk/

Unfortunately, there isn’t a Brent PCN email address listed on the council’s website.

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Scott Nelson MoneyNerd
Scott Nelson is a renowned debt expert who supports people in debt with debt management and debt solution resources.
Janine Marsh MoneyNerd
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Janine is a financial expert who supports individuals with debt management, cost-saving resources, and navigating parking tickets.