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Enfield PCN – Should you Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Enfield PCN

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Should you pay an Enfield PCN? What other options do you have? Learn everything you need to know about Enfield Council parking tickets and your options here. We’re helping Londoners deal with their 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 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 Enfield PCN?

PNC stands for Penalty Charge Notice, which is a type of fine that can be issued by any UK local authority. An Enfield PCN usually refers to a parking fine issued by Enfield Council, but it can also be a fine issued for some driving offences, such as turning a certain direction when not allowed or driving in a bus lane. 

Enfield PCN Vs Private Enfield parking ticket

An Enfield PCN is not the same as a private parking ticket you received from a private car park within Enfield. Penalty Charge Notices are only issued by local councils and Transport for London, whereas private landowners issue private parking tickets called Parking Charge Notices. The latter is not a real fine but you could still be taken to a small claims court for not paying. 

Can you avoid paying a PCN?

There are legal ways you can avoid having to pay a Penalty Charge Notice, but simply ignoring the PCN or refusing to pay is not one of them. Don’t ignore a PCN from Enfield Council if you have received one. Read on to fund out what you can do instead. 

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

Your fine will increase and you could be issued with a court order if you don’t pay your Penalty Charge Notice. Not paying the PCN within 28 days will result in a charge certificate being sent out. This automatically increases the fine by 50% and gives you an additional 14 days to pay the new fine amount. 

If you decide to ignore the charge certificate and the new deadline to pay – not recommended – then the local Enfield Council can ask for a court order to be issued. This court order makes you responsible to pay or face further consequences. Persisting to ignore this order will allow the council to use bailiffs to recover the debt, which may mean more fees and losing possessions. 

How do you pay an Enfield PCN?

The easiest way to pay your Enfield PCN is to visit their website and pay online. You’ll need to enter your vehicle registration number as well as your PCN number, which can be found at the top of your letter. 

Click here to go straight to the council’s payment portal. 

50% off your Enfield Council PCN

If you have received an Enfield PCN, you might be able to get a 50% reduction on the fine by making a quick payment. People who pay within 14 or 21 days depending on how the PCN was served usually pay a reduced fine by 50%. 

With London council parking tickets ranging from £80 to £130 in most cases, paying early could save you £40 or more. But before you accept a reduced fine, you need to hear what else we have to say. Read on! 

Do you have to pay an Enfield Council PCN?

You won’t have to pay your Enfield PCN if you can successfully appeal against it. Your appeal needs to be submitted within 28 days. This is the only way you won’t have to pay the parking fine. Not paying or appealing against an Enfield PCN will make things worse. 

How do you appeal an Enfield Council PCN?

If the PCN was left for you on your vehicle’s windshield, you must make an informal appeal to Enfield Council first. If an informal appeal is rejected, you can progress to a formal appeal to the council, which is what you have to do in the first place if the PCN was sent in the post. 

A formal appeal against a PCN is also known as a representation. Your representation is put to the council, outlining why you believe the parking ticket should be cancelled. Good excuses include that you were in fact parked correctly or the payment metre was broken – among others. 

Your representation is more likely to be accepted if you can provide strong evidence to back up your arguments, such as photos. If rejected, you can appeal to London Tribunals instead. 

How do you write a penalty appeal letter?

Your letter to appeal a PCN should include your personal information, your car registration number and your PCN reference number, before detailing the reasons you want the PCN cancelled. 

To make things easier and quicker, we provide a PCN appeal template letter that you can download and edit for free. 

Enfield PCN – appeal or pay?

The decision to pay your Enfield PCN or appeal against it should be based on your circumstances. For that reason, there is no correct answer at all times. 

Challenging a PCN is a good idea if you honestly believe your arguments are valid and you have evidence to back up your claims. If the PCN can be correctly cancelled, you won’t have to pay a dime. 

But on the other hand, paying the PCN early will allow you to take advantage of a reduced rate, which may not be available after you challenge the Enfield PCN. So it really comes down to the facts around the issuing of the parking ticket and your personal feeling. 

How much is a parking permit in Enfield?

Residents get free parking permits when they can prove residence with a tenancy agreement or other documents proving address. Other types of Enfield parking permits, such as business permits, come at a cost. 

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.

Have another council parking ticket question?

The MoneyNerd team has answered lots more parking ticket questions in our other guides. Check out our new articles all about parking tickets from councils and private landowners today. We hope you got clear answers above – and we hope to see you again soon! 

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