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Greenwich PCN – Should you Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Greenwich PCN

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Found a Greenwich PCN left on your car? Or maybe it was sent through the post? No matter how you received your Greenwich Council parking ticket, it can come as a shock. We look at whether you need to pay a Greenwich PCN and what your next move should be. 

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 Greenwich PCN?

A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) is a fine handed out by councils to motorists, most often for parking offences but they can also be issued for some driving offences. They can even be issued by transport groups like Transport for London (TfL) when a motorist has not paid a road toll fee on time, e.g. the London Congestion Charge. 

Thus, a Greenwich PCN usually refers to a parking fine from Greenwich Council. The cost of this fine for illegal parking is between £80 and £130 depending on the severity of the parking offence. You can however get a discount on your Greenwich PCN – read on to find out how. 

Note that a Penalty Charge Notice is not the same as a Parking Charge Notice (private parking fine) or a Fixed Penalty Notice (fine from the police). 

How do you pay a Greenwich Council parking ticket?

You can pay a Greenwich PCN in person, by phone, by cheque (in the post) or online. The easiest way is to pay online using the Greenwich Council website. You’ll need to enter your PCN number and vehicle registration to find and pay the fine. 

Paying the fine within 14 days (or 21 days if it was posted to you) will result in a reduced fine. In fact, you can get 50% off the fine for paying early! 

What happens if you ignore a Penalty Charge Notice?

You have 28 days to pay your Greenwich PCN, and if you don’t pay within this period, the local authority will send a charge certificate. This increases your fine by 50% and provides you with another 14 days to pay the newly increased fine. 

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

If you don’t pay your Penalty Charge Notice, the local council will first increase the fine by 50% and if you still don’t pay, they will ask for a court order to force you to pay. The court order makes the fine enforceable, so ignoring it can result in the council using bailiffs to get its money. 

If the council has to employ bailiffs to recover the debt, the bailiff will charge expensive fees. They will first write to you asking you to pay or to expect them to visit. This letter called a Notice of Enforcement adds £75 to your debt instantly. 

We explain what to do if you’re expecting bailiffs soon in this guide

Can you avoid paying a PCN?

It’s possible to avoid having to pay a Penalty Charge Notice if you appeal against it and have your appeal accepted. You cannot just ignore the PCN and not pay. 

You must make your appeal within the 28 days you are given to pay the fine. You’re not able to appeal against your Greenwich PCN after this period.

How do you appeal against a Greenwich PCN?

The method to appeal against a Greenwich PCN is slightly different whether you received your PCN on your vehicle (by a parking officer) or in the post (caught on camera!). 

You must make an informal appeal if you were served your PCN in the street before being allowed to make a formal appeal (if rejected). But if you received the PCN in the post, you skip making an informal appeal and make a formal appeal straight away, namely a ‘representation’.

Your representation is usually a letter explaining the reasons you want to PCN cancelled. We discuss some of the best excuses to get a Greenwich PCN cancelled further below. Accompanying your letter should be good evidence when needed, such as photos, videos or witness statements. 

How do you write a letter of appeal for PCN?

A PCN appeal letter should include information to identify you and your fine before going into your arguments to have it withdrawn. This includes your name, vehicle registration number and your PCN number. The PCN number can often be found at the top of your PCN document. You should then fully explain your arguments.

To make writing a Greenwich PCn appeal letter easier, we have created a template you can use and fill in. Download our PCN appeal letter template free of charge today. 

The best excuses against a Greenwich PCN

The very best excuse for a Greenwich parking ticket is that a mistake was made and you were parked correctly. Of course, this is only the best argument if it’s true and if you have evidence. Some other good excuses to appeal against a PCN are:

  1. You broke down
  2. You couldn’t return to your vehicle due to an emergency
  3. The ticket machine was broken
  4. The council served the PCN too late

Greenwich PCN appeal rejected – now what?

If Greenwich Council have rejected your appeal and you don’t think it’s fair, you can escalate the appeal to an independent tribunal for a final decision. All escalated appeals against Greenwich Council must be 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.

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