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Bromley Parking Fine – Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Bromley Parking Fine

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Have you received a Bromley parking fine, also known as a Bromley PCN? We discuss whether you need to pay a parking ticket from Bromley Council, what will happen if you don’t and all your other options below.

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 Bromley parking fine?

A Bromley parking fine is a fine issued by Bromley Council for parking illegally on council land, such as a residential road or high street. They are better known as Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) and can be left on your vehicle or sent in the post if the parking offence was caught on camera. 

Interestingly, Bromley Council can also issue a Penalty Charge Notice for some driving offences, including turning a certain direction or driving in a bus lane when not permitted. A Penalty Charge Notice shouldn’t be confused with a Parking Charge Notice, which is a private parking ticket from a private car park operator. 

Bromley parking fine contact number

To discuss your Bromley Penalty Charge Notice with the local authority, you should call 0300 303 8662. You should not call the number to pay your Penalty Charge Notice because this is an automated service and you won’t be able to ask questions. 

How much is a parking ticket (UK)?

The cost of a parking ticket in the UK varies between different locations and on the seriousness of the offence. The cheapest parking fines in the UK are usually around £50, while the most serious parking tickets in the London area can be as high as £130

You can get a 50% reduction on most parking tickets in the UK. Read on to find out how. 

How much is a parking fine in Bromley?

Parking fines in Bromley range from £60 to £130 based on location and seriousness of the parking contravention. Bromley Council divides its roads into Band A (town centre) and Band B (all other roads and car parks). Parking fines in Band A range from £80 to £130, while the fines in Band B range from £60 to £110. 

The exact amount you’ll be fined depends on the seriousness of the contravention and if you put other people in danger by parking illegally. But you can get a 50% discount on your fine by making the payment within the first 14 days.

Do you have to pay a Bromley PCN?

You have to either pay or appeal against your Bromley PCN within 28 days of receiving it. Not paying or appealing the fine will not make it go away. On the contrary, it will make the fine and your situation worse. 

If you are struggling to pay, you should contact Bromley Council to discuss your options. 

What happens if you ignore a parking ticket UK?

If you ignore a Penalty Charge Notice from a local authority, the council will increase your fine by 50% and give you another 14 days to pay the increased amount. If you persist in ignoring the fine, they can get a court order which makes the fine your legal responsibility, and they may choose to enforce the debt using bailiffs.

Not paying a private parking fine is different. These are not real fines and more like invoices from a parking company for breaking an unwritten contract when using their car park. Although these fines are not enforceable in the beginning, the company might decide to take you to a small claims court to recover the money. 

Can you appeal against a Bromley parking fine?

If you don’t agree with a parking ticket issued by Bromley Council, you have the right to appeal and it could be cancelled. You must make an appeal against the Penalty Charge Notice within 28 days. After 28 days have passed you won’t be able to challenge the parking ticket and will have to pay. 

A formal challenge of the parking fine is known as a ‘representation’. 

How do you make a representation against the penalty charge?

To make a representation you must check to see if the council has any specific guidelines. In most cases, you simply have to write a statement detailing why you think the Penalty Charge Notice should be cancelled and provide accompanying evidence when possible. 

For example, you might argue that the parking machine was broken and there was no way to pay. You could then attach a photograph of the machine out of order. We have made it easier with our free PCN appeal letter template. Download it now for free!

If you received the parking ticket on your vehicle rather than getting caught on camera and receiving it in the post, you will have to make an informal appeal to the council instead. A representation can then be made if your informal appeal is denied. 

Bromley parking fine – pay or appeal?

There is no single answer to whether you should pay or appeal against a Bromley parking fine or just pay. It will all depend on your appeal arguments, the strength of evidence and personal preferences. 

Some people strongly believe they should not have to pay and will want to fight the council all the way. Others will want to take advantage of the 50% fine reduction by paying within 14 days and simultaneously avoid the appeals process. 

There’s no right answer to fit all circumstances. 

Bromley PCN appeal rejected – is that it?

Bromley Council might reject your representation, but this doesn’t have to be the end of your appeal. If this happens, you can send your appeal to London Tribunals, which will assess your arguments and make a final decision.

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.

Further parking ticket guidance

For more help taking on a local authority parking ticket and what you can do, including some of the best excuses you might be able to use, check out our other guides. We have even discussed if a parking fine can be rejected because the council took too long to send the PCN. Learn more with MoneyNerd for free. 

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