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Hackney PCN – Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Hackney PCN

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After receiving a Hackney PCN, you have many options to consider. You might want to pay quickly and even take advantage of a reduced fine, but this isn’t your only option. Discover what you can do after being stung with a Hackney parking fine. 

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 Hackney parking fine?

A parking fine from Hackney Council is officially called a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN). PCNs are issued throughout the UK by local authorities and transport groups. Local authorities mostly issue PCNs for parking contraventions, but they can also be issued for some traffic offences. 

A Penalty Charge Notice is not the same as a Parking Charge Notice. The former is a council parking fine, while the latter is a parking fine from a private car park operator. They should not be tackled in the same way because Parking Charge Notices are not real fines. 

What is a 52M penalty charge Hackney?

Parking contravention 52M relates to driving a vehicle in an area where those vehicles are not permitted. This most often means you drove your car in a bus lane during hours when not allowed. Illegally driving in a bus lane is one of the traffic offences that can result in a PCN from a council when caught on camera. 

One motorist was caught out by this on Lansdown Drive in Hackney and relayed their experience on a forum. You can read about it here

How much is a PCN Hackney?

A Penalty Charge Notice from Hackney Council will fine the motorist £80 for less serious parking contraventions or £130 for more serious parking contraventions. The fine can be reduced by 50% if you pay within 14 or 21 days. If the discount is triggered, the parking fine will be either £40 or £65. 

If you received the PCN on your vehicle window, you get 14 days to pay and receive a 50% discount. But if the PCN was posted to you, you’ll get 21 days to pay and receive the 50% reduction. 

Do you have to pay a Hackney PCN?

If you’re not appealing against the Hackney PCN, you must pay within 28 days. Don’t think that ignoring the PCN will make it for away. Ignoring a PCN will only make things worse and cause your fine to grow bigger.

What will happen if I ignore my Hackney parking fine?

Your fine is increased by 50% when you don’t pay a Penalty Charge Notice by the 28-day deadline. This is triggered by something called a charge certificate. You’ll have 14 more days to pay the £120 or £195 fine. 

If you ignore a charge certificate and the newly increased fine, things can get even worse. 

Can you get a CCJ from a Parking Charge Notice?

If you don’t pay the Penalty Charge Notice after a charge certificate was issued, the local authority can ask for a court order that forces you to pay. This court order is known as an order of recovery. Ignoring a court order will give the council the right to use bailiffs to recover the debt.

When bailiffs are used, their fees get added to your debt, which causes it to grow rather significantly. 

How to pay a Hackney PCN

There are three easy ways to pay your Hackney PCN. You can pay over the phone using an automated line. You can pay by sending a cheque in the post. And you can pay online using the payment portal on the Hackney Council’s website. 

No matter which payment method you use, you’ll need your PCN reference number to make the payment. This can be found on the PCN itself. If you have lost it, you will need to contact Hackney Council and ask for a replacement number or code.

Hackney parking fine contact number

To contact Hackney Council, you should call 020 8356 8877. Don’t call the PCN payment line as this is an automated service with no opportunity to ask queries. 

Can you challenge unfair Hackney parking tickets?

When you think a hackney parking ticket is unfair or unjust, you have the right to appeal. Your appeal must be submitted to the council within 28 days (the same period you get to make a payment). The council doesn’t have to entertain appeals outside of this deadline. 

There are both informal and formal appeals (representations). An informal appeal must be made by motorists who received their fine on their vehicle. But those who were caught on camera and received the PCN in the post must make a representation. If you make an informal appeal and it gets rejected, you can progress to a representation if desired. 

How do I appeal my PCN Hackney?

You appeal your Hackney PCN directly to the council by explaining in writing why you think the parking fine should be cancelled. You may use one of many (honest) reasons, such as the parking machine wasn’t working. It’s best if you can provide evidence, such as a video, photo or witness statement. 

We’ve written a guide to help you understand more about PCN appeals!

Hackney PCN – appeal or pay?

When you have received a PCN you have an important decision to make. Do you pay the PCN quickly and get a 50% discount on the fine, or do you gith the PCN and make an appeal, which will probably lose your access to the discounted rate. 

There is no correct answer to this question for all situations and circumstances. The decision can only be made by you. But it’s important to consider the basis of your appeal. Is it a good reason for your alleged parking contravention? Do you have good evidence to back up your claims? Ask these questions before making a decision. 

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 about private hackney parking tickets?

Did you come here hoping to learn how to deal with a private parking ticket? Don’t sweat it – we have you covered too. Read about parking tickets from private car parks and if you have to pay them.

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