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Camden PCN – Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Camden PCN

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Camden is a bustling area of London that attracts many locals and tourists. But if you park in the area without paying the correct parking ticket, you may well be stung with a Camden PCN. 

This concise post discusses three options after receiving a Camden Council parking fine. You need to know your options! 

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 Camden Penalty Charge Notice?

A Camden Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) is a type of fine. Camden Council will serve these fines to motorists who are deemed guilty of a parking or traffic contravention within the Camden Council jurisdiction. 

They are most often served for parking contraventions, but they can also be issued for driving in a bus lane, turning when not allowed and other traffic offences. 

Camden Council employs enforcement officers to operate within the council area and issue these parking tickets. They will leave a yellow sachet containing the fine on your vehicle. 

But they can also be sent out in the post. When you’re caught on camera, Camden Council retrieve your address by contacting the DVLA and then send you the PCN in the post. 

Is there any free parking in Camden?

Free parking in Camden or any of the other popular London areas is hard to come by. You might be able to park for free at a supermarket for a short stay, but you will be expected to use the supermarket. 

Therefore, it’s important you pay when required to avoid a Camden Council parking fine. 

How much is a PCN Camden?

A Camden PCN will typically fine the motorist £80 or £130 for a parking contravention. This is the standard rate for these fines in London and is often cheaper outside of the capital. Whether you have to pay £80 or £130 depends on the seriousness of the contravention and sometimes the location. 

But there is a way to make your PCN Camden cheaper. A reduced rate with 50% off is offered to anyone who pays within 14 days. So just by paying quickly, you can save either £40 or £65. 

Pay Camden PCN

You are given 28 days to pay the full Camden PCN fine or 14 days to pay the reduced rate. To pay your PCN Camden, you can use the council’s online service found here. You will need your PCN reference number, which starts with CU and should be found at the top of your parking ticket. 

If you have lost your PCN reference number, you’ll need to contact the council and ask for a replacement. 

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

Your fine is increased by 50% if you don’t pay or appeal your PCN within 28 days. The council will send you a charge certificate requesting the new fine amount within two weeks. This means you’ll either have to pay £120 or £195 within the next 14 days. 

But what happens if you ignore a charge certificate? This is when things get even more serious. Ignoring a charge certificate will force the council to ask for a court order against you. An order of recovery will be used to encourage you to pay, because if you don’t, the council can request permission to use bailiffs.

These bailiffs will ask for full payment or threaten to come to your home and seize possessions, which may eventually be sold at an auction to clear your debt. The debt amount will have grown by this stage because the bailiff fees get passed on to you. 

How do you challenge a PCN in Camden?

To challenge a PCN Camden you must fill out an online form on their website. You should gather all your details before starting as the form times out after 20 minutes. The council will then respond to your challenge by email and you don’t need to do anything until then.

Camden Council recently states that have a large backlog of PCN appeals, so it may take some time before you hear back, which can also buy you some time getting the money to eventually pay.

The best excuses to challenge a PCN

Any excuse or argument you make in a PCN appeal should be truthful. Some of the best reasons you may get the parking ticket cancelled include:

  1. The PCN was issued too late
  2. The ticket machine was broken
  3. You experienced a medical emergency
  4. The traffic warden made a mistake

Camden PCN – appeal or pay?

How do you know whether to appeal or simply pay the PCN? First of all, appealing should only be an option if you have a genuine and honest reason to challenge the fine. Even then, you might be worried that you don’t have sufficient evidence and worry it will get rejected. 

If this is the case, you might prefer to pay within 14 days and take advantage of the 50% fine reduction. There isn’t a concrete right or wrong answer. It will depend on your personal preference based on individual factors. 

Camden PCN challenge thrown out?

If your Camden PCN appeal was rejected, you have a right to escalate the appeal and have it looked at by an independent panel. All escalated PCN challenges are decided on by London Tribunals. 

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.

Did you receive a private Camden parking ticket instead?

Thanks for reading our guide! We hope you found the answers and information you need to tackle your council parking fine. If you received a private parking fine instead, why not check out our dedicated guide discussing if you really have to pay these fines?

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