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Hammersmith and Fulham PCN – Pay or Appeal? 2022

Hammersmith & Fulham PCN

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Have you received a Hammersmith and Fulham PCN? After seeing one of these little yellow packets on your vehicle or receiving one in the post, you might be worried and confused about what you can do. We discuss all your options after receiving a Hammersmith and Fulham PCN. Fear not! 

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.

Can I park in Hammersmith and Fulham?

You can park in some areas of Hammersmith and Fulham but will probably need to pay for parking. Local residents can purchase visitor parking passes, which allow them to park at a lower rate of £1.80 per hour. 

If you park in Hammersmith and Fulham without paying for parking, there’s a good chance you’ll be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice

What is a Penalty Charge Notice?

A Penalty Charge Notice – shortened to a PCN – is the name of a fine issued by local councils and some transport groups. Most PCNs are served for parking contraventions within council-owned areas, such as on a high street. But some PCNs are issued by councils for traffic offences (e.g. driving in a bus lane) or for not paying road tolls on time.

It’s more likely that a PCN for not paying road tolls will be issued by a transport group rather than a local council. For example, Transport for London can issue PCNs to motorists who fail to pay the London Congestion Charge by their deadline. 

How much is a PCN in Hammersmith and Fulham?

Hammersmith and Fulham Council can issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs). The cost of a PCN for a parking contravention in Hammersmith and Fulham is between £80 and £130. The fine you are issued depends on the seriousness of the parking contravention. However, you can get 50% off your fine if you pay the PCN within the first 14 days.

This means a £130 parking fine from the council can be reduced to £65 for paying quickly!

How many parking tickets can you get in one spot UK?

You can be issued a maximum of two parking tickets for the same parking contravention within one 24 hour period. 

Do you have to pay a Hammersmith and Fulham PCN?

You have to pay a Hammersmith and Fulham PCN within 28 days if you have decided not to appeal against it. You should not ignore a Penalty Charge Notice because it can cause the fine to get bigger. 

What happens if you don’t pay a Hammersmith and Fulham PCN?

You will be sent a charge notice and have your fine increased by 50% if you don’t pay the PCN within the first 28 days. This means standard London council parking fines of £80 will be increased to £120, which will need to be paid within an additional 14 day period. 

Ignoring a charge certificate and the increased fine will cause much more serious action. The local authority can ask for a court order against you, making you responsible to pay the money. And ignoring a court order will give the council permission to use bailiffs. They could come to your home, and in the process, they will add their own fees to your debt. 

How do I pay a PCN Hammersmith and Fulham?

You can pay a PCN from Hammersmith and Fulham Council over the phone by dialling 020 7371 5678 and pressing 1. This is an automated number that is always open. Alternatively, you can pay the PCN on the Hammersmith and Fulham Council website

To make a payment using either of these methods, you will need your vehicle registration number and your PCN reference number. The latter is found on the document you were issued. 

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

If you have lost your council parking fine and PCN reference number, you will need to call the local council and ask for a code to make your payment. You are not able to make a payment without a PCN number, so you’ll need to make contact and follow their instructions. 

Can I appeal a Hammersmith and Fulham PCN instead?

It’s possible to challenge a Penalty Charge Notice issued by any local authority or transport body. Your appeal must be made within the first 28 days. An appeal made after the first 28 days doesn’t have to be accepted by the council or transport group. 

Hammersmith and Fulham PCN appeals procedure

The appeals process is slightly different based on how you received your PCN. If you found the PCN on your car, you must make an informal appeal to the council first. But if it was sent in the post, you make a formal appeal instead. These are called representations. Informal appeals that get rejected can be escalated to a representation. 

A representation should include a statement of the reasons you want the ticket cancelled. Some examples could be you had paid for parking but entered a digit of your vehicle registration plate incorrectly, or the payment machine wasn’t working. Some arguments work better with photographic evidence. 

A rejected representation can be escalated to an independent body for a final decision. 

Should you pay or appeal a Hammersmith and Fulham PCN?

It’s impossible to say whether you should definitely appeal or pay a hammersmith and Fulham PCN. The decision should be made on individual circumstances and the strength of your appeal. 

Whatever you do, don’t lie to try and get the parking ticket cancelled. Some people prefer to make the most of the reduced fine within 14 days and avoid the appeals procedure. 

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 a private parking ticket question?

All of the questions and answers above only relate to council parking tickets. They don’t relate to private parking tickets, which aren’t exactly real fines. Learn more about dealing with private parking fines in our dedicated guide. 

Thanks for reading and we hope to see you again soon!

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