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Carmarthenshire Parking Fines – Should I Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

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Read up on Carmarthenshire parking fines here. We have answered the most asked questions about Penalty Charge Notices from Carmarthenshire County Council, so you’re best prepared to deal with these parking tickets. 

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 are Carmarthenshire parking fines?

Carmarthenshire Council Council can issue parking fines to motorists who are guilty of a parking contravention on public land within their jurisdiction. For example, you could be served a Carmarthenshire parking ticket for parking illegally or not paying when supposed to.

These parking fines are officially known as Penalty Charge Notices (PCN). But a PCN can be issued for other reasons, such as not paying a road toll on time or for minor driving offences, such as using a bus lane at times not permitted. 

How much is a parking ticket in Wales?

Council parking fines in Wales will cost £50 or £70. The £50 fine is reserved for parking contraventions deemed less serious, whereas the £70 fine is issued when the contravention is classed as more serious. Yet, the council will reduce the fine by 50% if it’s paid off within the first 14 calendar days. 

This is different to private parking fines in Wales, which can currently cost up to £100 with a compulsory 40% discount within the first two weeks. New laws will be in effect in 2023, which will reduce these fines to £50 at most in the majority of cases. 

Who has to pay a Carmarthenshire parking fine?

Carmarthenshire parking fines must be paid by the owner of the vehicle rather than the person who committed the parking contravention. These are the rules under the law, which can be frustrating to vehicle owners who weren’t at fault. 

If someone else used your car and received a Penalty Charge Notice, you may want to ask them to pay or at least contribute to the fine. But if they refuse, there’s nothing you can do about it.  

This isn’t the same with all other fines. For example, a Fixed Penalty Notice from the police gives the vehicle owner an opportunity to tell the police someone else was driving and must pay. 

Do you have to pay Carmarthenshire parking fines?

Carmarthenshire parking fines are easily enforceable, so if you don’t pay by the deadline you’ll be subject to further action and more expense. You must pay the fine within 28 days or make an appeal within the same timeframe.

We’ll discuss appealing your council parking fine in more detail later. 

What will happen if you don’t pay?

If you don’t pay Carmarthenshire County Council by the deadline, they will send a Notice to Owner asking you to pay. This will be followed up with a Charge Certificate, which is a notice that your fine has been increased by 50% of its original value. This means lesser contravention fines will not cost £75 and more serious ones will cost £105. 

Failure to pay the increased fine by a new deadline of 14 days will result in the council registering the amount as a debt. They will then request a warrant to use enforcement agents to recover the debt. 

This may be by coming to your home and asking you to pay, or by taking your assets and selling them. The money raised would then be used to pay off the debt and their own expensive fees. 

Repeat offenders with many outstanding PCNs could have their vehicle removed and impounded instead.

Can you appeal a Carmarthenshire PCN?

You can challenge a Carmarthenshire Council PCN by making an appeal within 28 days. The appeal must state why you want the parking ticket cancelled and you usually have to back up your claims with evidence. 

Appeals must be made in writing, but Carmarthenshire County Council allows you to upload your appeal directly on their website here. To start, you’ll need your PCN reference number and your vehicle registration. 

What are some good PCN appeal excuses?

There are lots of potential excuses that could get you out of having to pay a Penalty Charge Notice. Some of the excuses that have had the most success – when true! – are:

  1. You broke down and were waiting for a mechanic
  2. Parking signage was hidden or damaged
  3. You overstayed by fewer than 10 minutes (this is the grace period)
  4. You were involved in an emergency situation
  5. You did pay and the council has made an error

PCN appeal denied – time to give up?

If they reject the appeal you can give up and pay or take the appeal further. The council will explain the process of escalating an appeal. When you do escalate, the appeal will be looked at by an independent tribunal not connected to the council. 

This tribunal will make a lasting decision on the case, leaving you free of having to pay or obligated to pay. 

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

Should you pay or appeal Carmarthenshire PCNs?

We can’t tell you whether you should definitely pay or appeal the PCN because each decision should be based on your circumstances and potential appeal evidence. 

But we can give you one top tip.

If you pay or appeal, it’s best to make the decision and take action within the first 14 days. As mentioned earlier, there is a 50% discount on the fine up for grabs by paying within the first two weeks. But there is also a benefit to appealing in the first two weeks. 

When you appeal within 14 days, the council will provide a second opportunity to receive the discount should your appeal be rejected. If you’re on the fence, appeal within the first 14 days. 

Is parking free in Carmarthen today?

You can often park for free at short-stay car parks in Carmarthen on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 3.30pm and 6pm. Parking may be free at other times as well.

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