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Ealing pay PCN – Should you Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Ealing PCN

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Do you have to pay an Ealing PCN or can you ignore these fines? What can really happen if you do ignore a PCN from Ealing Council? These are just some of the big questions we’ve answered below as we look at your options to deal with council parking fines. 

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 an Ealing Penalty Charge Notice (PCN)?

A Penalty Charge Notice is the official name for a fine given by a local authority, most often for parking offences on council land. They can also be handed to motorists for traffic offences when caught on camera, such as driving in a bus lane. 

Therefore, an Ealing Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) is a fine issued by the council for a parking contravention or traffic offence. They are not the same as private parking fines and should be dealt with more seriously. 

How much is an Ealing parking ticket?

Ealing Council will issue a parking fine for £80 or £130 depending on whether the parking contravention is classed as a higher level or lower-level offence. They list what is classified as lower and higher-level offences on their website. 

If you pay the fine within the first two weeks it gets halved. This means you might only have to pay £40 or £65 to clear the Ealing parking fine. 

The PCN will be placed on your windscreen if your contravention is seen by a council enforcement officer. But if the offence is caught on camera, the PCN is posted to your address. The local authority will need to get your address from the DVLA first, which may cause some delay. 

Do you have to pay your PCN Ealing?

You have to pay an Earling PCN within 28 days of being served. Otherwise, you must appeal the PCN within the same period. 

Don’t ignore the PCN and hope they will stop chasing you for payment because this never happens. They will persist in getting the money from you and your fine will increase within that process. 

What happens if you ignore your PCN Ealing?

People who ignore a Penalty Charge Notice in their name will receive a charge certificate after the 28-day payment deadline. A charge certificate increases your fine by 50%, so your fine will either be £120 or £195. You are given two weeks to pay this amount or face further action. 

Further action will involve the council asking for a court order. A judge will issue you with an order of recovery that makes it your legal responsibility to pay the fine. At this point, it has become an unpaid debt and the local authority could escalate the process of recovery to bailiffs

When bailiffs start chasing you for money they add their own fees to the total owed, which can cause your debt to grow significantly. 

How do I pay my PCN Ealing?

An Ealing PCN can be paid in a variety of ways. You can pay in cash at the council’s car compound, by phone, by cheque or by using the online payment service on the council website. 

Full details can be found here, but paying online remains the quickest and easiest way for most people. 

When making a payment you’ll need to identify your fine by supplying your PCN reference number. This is stated on your parking ticket. 

How do I pay a parking ticket if I lost it (UK)?

If you want to pay your Ealing PCN but have lost your ticket with the PCN reference number, you must get in touch and ask for a new number. Ealing Council makes this easier than most other local authorities by supplying a contact form for this purpose. 

Follow the instructions here and you should have a new PCN number within three working days. 

Can I appeal my Ealing Penalty Charge Notice instead?

You don’t have to pay your Ealing PCN within 28 days if you are appealing against it. Everyone has the right to honestly challenge a PCN they have received and believe is not right. 

How do I appeal my PCN Ealing?

The way you appeal against an Ealing PCN depends on how you were served the parking fine. If you received it in the post you must make a formal representation. This is a written statement of why you think the parking fine should be cancelled. It should be accompanied by evidence when possible. 

But if you received the PCN in the street, you have to make an informal appeal to the council. It is stated how to do this on the PCN and online. If the council rejects your informal appeal, you can continue to make a representation.

Ealing PCN – appeal or pay?

Whether you should pay or appeal the Ealing PCN is completely down to you and your circumstances. You should weigh up the strength of your appeal against the opportunity to get a 50% discount on the fine by paying within 14 days. Only you can make the call and there is no correct decision for everyone. 

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.

My Ealing Penalty Charge appeal was rejected…

You don’t have to accept a PCN appeal rejection from Ealing Council. If you still believe you’re in the right and the fine should be cancelled, you can escalate your appeal. Your appeal can be sent to London Tribunals for an independent decision on the challenge. The tribunal’s decision is final. 

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