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Haringey PCN – Should you Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Haringey PCN

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Should you pay a Haringey PCN? This is the question on the minds of people who receive a Haringey parking fine in the post or left on their vehicle. 

We answer this question by looking at what will happen if you don’t pay. And we’ll provide you with some alternative options, including how to get 50% off your 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 Haringey PCN?

A Haringey PCN is a Penalty Charge Notice issued by Haringey Council. A PCN is a type of council fine that is predominantly issued for parking contraventions on council land, such as on the high street. But they can also be issued for traffic offences. The most common traffic offence that may result in a PCN is driving in a bus lane. 

You should also be aware that PCNs can also be served by transport groups, such as Transport for London. These groups usually issue a fine when you do not pay a road toll by the set deadline. 

How much is a parking fine in Haringey?

A Haringey PCN will cost a motorist either £80 or £130. The amount you are fined will depend on the seriousness of the parking offence. 

Less serious parking contraventions are £80, reduced to £40 if you pay within 14 days. And more serious parking contraventions are £130, reduced to £65 if you pay within 14 days. 

Do you have to pay a Haringey parking fine?

You have to pay a Harington parking fine from the council within 28 days of being served the PCN. The only time when you don’t have to pay the fine within 28 days is if you’re appealing against the PCN.

You shouldn’t ignore a PCN and hope it goes away – it won’t! 

You might not have to pay a private parking fine in Haringey. Read more about private parking fines in this guide

What happens if you don’t pay a Haringey parking fine?

Your PCN fine amount will increase by 50% if you don’t pay or appeal within 28 days. This means people with an £80 fine will now have to pay £120. And people with a £130 fine will now have to pay £195.

The local authority will send something known as a charge certificate to increase the fine. Once you receive the charge certificate, you have 14 days to pay the new fine amount. 

If you ignore the charge certificate and the new fine, the money owed will be registered as a debt and the fine will increase slightly. The council will ask a court for an order that makes you responsible to pay. Ignoring a court order is a bad idea. It allows the council to use bailiffs. And you’ll then have to pay bailiff charges. 

How to pay a Haringey parking fine?

You can pay your Haringey parking fine with cash, by phone and online. The simplest and quickest way to pay is via the council’s website. They offer a way for you to locate your PCN and make a payment online using a debit or credit card. 

You will need your PCN reference number to make a payment. This reference starts with two letters and can be found on your PCN document at the top. 

Learn more about the ways to pay your Haringey PCN on this page

How do I contact Haringey by email?

You can contact Haringey Council by using their online contact form rather than sending an email. Their response will be sent to your email address. You might need to get in touch with them if you have lost your PCN number and need it to make a payment. 

Can you challenge a Haringey PCN?

You can challenge a Penalty Charge Notice from Haringey Council as long as you lodge the correct type of appeal within 28 days. If it has been 28 days since you received the PCN, you’ll not be able to challenge the PCN anymore. And you should expect a charge certificate in the post. 

The correct type of appeal is based on how you received the PCN. People who found a PCN stuck to their vehicle have to make an informal appeal first. But those who were caught on camera and received the PCN in the post have to make a formal appeal. If your informal appeal is rejected you can make a formal appeal, which is also called a representation. 

How do you challenge a PCN?

You make a representation by sending the council the reason why you think the PCN shouldn’t stand. This might be a letter or it could be a statement that you have to email or submit online. The exact instructions are usually found on the back of your PCN. 

Some reasons could be that you broke down and were waiting for a mechanic, the ticket machine was broken, or that you were parked correctly. Sometimes you’ll need evidence such as a photo to strengthen your representation. 

Haringey PCN – appeal or pay?

Only you can make the decision to appeal or pay the Haringey parking ticket. It should be based on how strong you think your appeal arguments are and the amount of evidence you have. 

Another consideration might be the 50% fine discount by paying within 14 days. You may want to make the most of this offer while it’s available and pay a lower fine rather than appealing.

There is no correct answer, just an answer that works best for you and your situation. 

Haringey PCN Rejected – help!

If you decide to appeal and it gets rejected, you don’t have to pay the fine just yet. You’re allowed to escalate the appeal to a body not connected to the local authority for a final decision. You will make your appeal to an independent tribunal who might rule in your favour. 

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 Haringey parking fines?

Our answers above only relate to PCNs and not private parking tickets. Get help fighting parking tickets from private firms here. Thanks for reading! 

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