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Bristol PCN – Should I Pay or Appeal It? 2022

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You have a Bristol PCN and you’re unsure if you should pay or appeal it. The action you take will depend entirely on the circumstances surrounding the fine. Here’s how to pay, how to have the fine reduced by 50% and what to do if you wish to appeal. I’ll also touch on what happens if you choose to ignore the PCN from Bristol City Council.

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 with 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?

PCN stands for Penalty Notice Charge, it’s a parking fine issued by the council. A PCN isn’t the same as Parking Charge Notice. Private car park operators issue Parking Charge Notices, not the council. Bristol City Council will fine those who park illegally or commit certain driving offences in the area. ThePCN fine will not go away and it’s important to understand your options.

Making a Bristol PCN Payment

If you agree with the parking ticket and you wish to pay you can do so using the following methods.

  • Pay Online. To pay online you need to have the Penalty Charge Notice information and your debit or credit card.
  • Automated telephone service is available by calling 0870 707 776. The number operates 24/7 and does have a cost of 2p per minute and any access charges applied by your phone provider. Details on how to use the automated services are available on the Bristol.Gov website.
  • You can pay by cheque if you prefer. Make the cheque payable to Bristol City Council and send it to the following address: Payment Processing (Parking PCN), PO Box 3399, Bristol City Council, Bristol, BS1 9NE.

The Bristol City Council PCN has a 10-digit number that starts with either BS or OB. If you can’t find the Penalty Notice Charge or have any other parking ticket problems, contact the council’s parking services by filling in an online form.

How to Get Your Bristol PCN Reduced

Everyone can have their parking fine reduced by 50%. This is achievable if you pay the fine within the time frame that’s shown on the Penalty Notice Charge you received. You have 14 days from the issue date of the PCN to get the reduced rate. There’s no need to claim the reduced rate, you pay 50% less automatically if you can pay within 14 days.

Paying early is a great option if you have the money available and if you don’t wish to appeal.

How to Make Bristol City Council PCN Appeal

You have the right to appeal if you disagree with the fine. Appealing can result in the fine being cancelled. You should have a good reason and evidence to support the claims you’re making. Bristol City Council can take over 28 days to give a response to all appeals for parking and bus lane appeals. Your fine is frozen until the council makes their response.

Appeal Online

You can only appeal one Bristol PCN at a time. If you have multiple parking tickets, you must make separate appeals for each one. You can appeal using the online system. Enter the PCN number along with your vehicle registration number.

Appeal By Post

You can make your appeal by post if you prefer. The address to send your appeal letter to is:

Parking Services (PCN Appeals), PO Box 3399, Bristol City Council, Bristol, BS1 9NE.

Please refer to the free PCN appeal letter template I created. This is a useful template that will ensure you include all the information necessary to help your appeal.

There are a couple of ways to make a Bristol City Council PCN appeal. The first is by filing a Statutory Declaration. The second option is to file a Witness Statement. The Witness Statement is only available for PCNs issued from 31 May 2022.

What Happens If You Ignore a PCN?

Ignoring a PCN issued by Bristol City Council will result in a heftier fine. The fine amount will continue to increase. Furthermore, the council can use enforcement agents to collect the money you owe them. If bailiffs are used the debt will increase as additional fees are applied.

I recommend you contact the council as soon as you realise paying the PCN isn’t possible. You can explain your circumstances and discuss the options available to you. Ignoring the fine will only result in owing more money. The threat of bailiffs is also stressful, and it is something that can usually be avoided. Don’t forget to reach out to debt advisors if you’re struggling with debt, including parking fines.

Should You Pay or Appeal Bristol PCN?

The decision on whether to pay or appeal is up to you. You have the option of paying the fine within 14 days and saving yourself half the cost of the debt. This is an option taken by those who can pay and don’t wish to appeal the fine. If you’re unable to pay within the 14 days, you have an additional 14-day period to pay the entire cost of the fine. After the time limit, the fine is increased, and further action may be taken if the fine remains unpaid.

Appeal if you disagree with the fine. It’s important to have evidence such as invoices, letters, statements, and photographs to support your appeal. Common reasons to appeal include

  • Broken down vehicle
  • Damaged parking ticket machines
  • An emergency made it impossible to return to the vehicle on time
  • Signage or road markings weren’t visible

All appeals will be evaluated on their merits. The more evidence you must support your appeal the better. The council is experiencing delays and you may not hear anything for 28 working days or more. During that time, you won’t have to make a payment, simply wait for their response before making your next step.

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.

GET STARTED

What to Do After a PCN Appeal is Rejected

If your appeal is rejected, you will be asked to pay the parking fine in full. However, you can send your appeal over to London Tribunals. The London Tribunals will look at the case and their decision will be final.

Further information on parking fines and Penalty Notice Charges is available to read in the articles I’ve suggested below.

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