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Cambridgeshire Parking Ticket – Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

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We’ve explained all you need to know about a Cambridgeshire parking ticket and what can happen if you don’t open your wallet to Cambridgeshire County Council. Learn the best ways to deal with a Penalty Charge Notice right here. 

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 Cambridgeshire parking ticket?

A Cambridgeshire parking ticket is a parking fine issued by Cambridgeshire County Council for an alleged parking contravention on public land. For example, you could be given a Cambridgeshire parking ticket for not paying to park when you’re supposed to or parking where you’re not supposed to. 

The official name of a Cambridgeshire County Council parking fine is a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN). However, a PCN can also be issued to motorists for minor driving offences, such as using a bus lane, and for not paying road tolls on time. 

The Penalty Charge Notice might be left on the windshield of your vehicle for when you return. Alternatively, it can be sent in the post if the contravention was spotted on camera. The council retrieves the vehicle owner’s address from the DVLA in this case. 

How much is a Cambridgeshire parking ticket?

Cambridgeshire parking tickets will cost either £50 or £70 depending on the reasons you were issued the PCN. 

However, the council will deduct 50% of the fine if you pay within 14 days. So when you pay quickly, low-level parking tickets can cost just £25 and higher-level parking tickets can cost £35. 

Who has to pay the parking fine?

Under the law, the person who owns the vehicle is liable to pay the Penalty Charge Notice even if they weren’t driving. The owner could ask the person responsible for the parking contravention to pay or contribute to the fine. 

This is why there is no opportunity for the vehicle owner to point blame at someone else, which is possible when you get a Fixed Penalty Notice from the police for offences like speeding. 

Do you have to pay a Cambridgeshire parking ticket?

A Cambridgeshire County Council parking ticket is an enforceable fine and you will need to pay it if you want to avoid further and more serious action. You’ll be given up to 28 days to pay, but as mentioned, you can save money by paying within the first 14 days. 

What happens if you ignore it?

If you don’t pay the parking fine within 28 days, Cambridgeshire Council will send you a Notice to Owner, followed by a charge certificate that notifies you the fine has been increased by 50%. This means your Penalty Charge Notice debt will rise to either £75 or £105.

On day 66, the parking ticket is registered as a debt with the courts and an £8 fee is added to the amount owed. If by day 87 you haven’t paid, the council will request a warrant to use enforcement agents, better known as bailiffs.

The enforcement agents will come to your home and recover payment or seize goods to be sold at an auction and clear the debt. They charge hefty fees which are also added to the amount you owe. 

If you have multiple outstanding parking fines, the council may instead seize your car and have it impounded. 

Can you appeal a Penalty Charge Notice?

The only time you don’t have to pay a Penalty Charge Notice is when you submit a successful appeal. All appeals must be made within 28 days of the alleged contravention.

Your appeal must be in writing but you don’t have to send a letter. You can now make a PCN appeal online here. To get started, you’ll need your PCN reference number.

Good excuses to appeal a parking fine

The best excuses to appeal a Penalty Charge Notice are first and foremost truthful. The council is likely to have records and maybe even footage of the alleged contravention, so you shouldn’t try to lie to get out of paying. 

Some excuses that have worked in the past are:

  1. Payment machines weren’t working or issuing tickets
  2. Medical emergencies
  3. Vehicles breaking down
  4. Parking signs were unclear, hidden or damaged
  5. You did pay and they made a mistake

Another good excuse is that you were just out of time. The council should give you a 10-minute window to get back to your car and leave the parking bay. During this grace period, you shouldn’t be issued a Penalty Charge Notice. 

PCN appeal rejected – what next?

If Cambridgeshire County Council rejects your appeal, you’ll have two options:

  1. Accept the rejection and pay
  2. Take the appeal further

If you want to escalate your PCN challenge to an independent adjudicator, full instructions on how to do this will be provided by the council. These instructions will be supplied along with the initial PCN appeal rejection letter or email. 

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?

The decision to pay or appeal your PCN can only be made by looking at your case and evidence. Consider how strong your arguments are and what evidence you have to back them up. You may need photos, witness statements or videos.

Whether you pay or appeal, try to do so within the first 14 days. The 50% discount will be applied if you pay within 14 days, and the discount will still be on offer if you appeal within 14 days and the appeal gets rejected. The council will extend the time you have to pay the reduced fine after the PCN rejection letter. 

Check out our council parking ticket hub

If you have a question about council parking fines that wasn’t covered above, there’s a good chance we have answered it in our other content. Head straight to our council parking fine hub to brush up on these fines and your rights when dealing with them. It could save you money!

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