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Brent PCN – Should you Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Brent PCN

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Have you received a Brent PCN and are unsure whether to ignore it or pay? We’ll guide you to the best course of action with everything you need to know about dealing with a Brent parking fine. You’re not alone and you have more than one option! 

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 PCN charge?

A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) is a fine that can be served 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 can deal with Parking Charge Notices in a specific way, which is explained in our private parking fine post

What is a Brent PCN?

A Brent PCN is a Penalty Charge Notice issued by Brent Council in the north-west of London. They can only issue you a PCN for contraventions within their council area. 

The council employs enforcement officers 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 your address. They get your address by contacting the DVLA first. 

How much is a Brent parking fine?

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

If you have received a Brent PCN, it’s good to know that you can get a 50% discount on the fine just by acting 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 £64 for less and more serious contraventions, respectively. 

Do you have to pay a Brent parking fine?

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 appeal within 28 days, you’ll lose the right to appeal and your fine increases. 

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

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

Ignoring a Penalty Charge Notice will result in the council sending you a charge certificate, which instantly increases your fine by 50% of its value. So motorists who owed £80 will now owe £120. And motorists who owed £130 will now have to pay £195. This new fine amount has to be paid within 14 days or further action will be taken.

If 14 days pass and you haven’t paid the inflated fine, the local council will ask for an order of recovery against you. This is a type of court order which makes you responsible to pay the money, which is now considered a debt. Failing to pay the debt will enable the council to employ bailiffs to recover the money – or seize some of your possessions to be sold and clear the debt. 

When bailiffs are involved they start charging fees for their services. These costs are passed on to you and cause your debt to grow. The fees can be significant, beginning with £75 just for sending you a letter called a Notice of Enforcement. 

How do I pay a Brent PCN?

The quickest and easiest way for most people to pay their Brent PCN 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 PCN reference number can be found on your Brent parking ticket. 

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

Can you appeal a Brent parking 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 have to pay an increased fine. 

Brent PCN appeal process

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

Full details can be found here. You can expect a response to your appeal within 21 days. And if they reject the appeal, you can take it to London Tribunals for a final decision. 

Brent PCN – appeal or pay?

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. 

Can a PCN be refunded?

No, a Penalty Charge Notice cannot be refunded. Once you make a payment you’re deemed to have accepted liability. Therefore you cannot make a payment and then appeal a PCN or ask for a refund. 

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 serve a PCN?

There is some confusion online about how long the council has to send you a PCN before it’s too late. It’s true that if the council delay serving the PCN, you could use this as a reason to appeal and pay. Find out the real answer to this question on our dedicated guide about PCN timescales.

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