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Haringey PCN – Should you Pay or Appeal? 

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· May 29th, 2024
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Just got a Haringey Penalty Charge Notice and are wondering if you should pay it or make an appeal?

You’re in the right place for answers. Every month, our website helps over 130,000 people to understand more about fines and parking tickets.

In this straightforward guide, we’ll give you clear details about:

  • What a Haringey Penalty Charge Notice is.
  • If it is necessary to pay Haringey parking fines.
  • How to appeal a Haringey parking fine.
  • Ways to avoid receiving a parking fine in Haringey.
  • What could happen if the fine is not paid.

We know it’s upsetting to get a parking fine, but you’re not alone. In fact, Churchill Motor Insurance reports that in 2022, UK councils issued an average of 19,631 daily parking fines, a 12% increase from the previous year.1

Don’t worry! We’re here to help with useful advice and real-life examples. We understand it’s a tough situation, so we want to make the process as simple as possible for you.

Most Appeals Succeed

In some circumstances, you might have a legitimate reason not to pay your fine.

It’s a bit sneaky, but the last time I needed legal advice, I paid £5 for a trial to chat with an online solicitor called JustAnswer.

Not only did I save £50 on solicitor feeds, I also won my case and didn’t have to pay my £271 fine.

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*Around 35,000 people dispute their tickets each year with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal, and a striking 64% of those appeals are successful, so it’s well worth a try. 

What is a Penalty Charge Notice?

A Haringey London 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. But parking on a payment can earn you a PCN too.

Source: Moneysavingexpert

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

In short, whenever you don’t follow Haringey parking rules, you risk being fined.

Do you have to pay?

You have to pay a PCN Haringey within 28 days of being served the fine.

The only time when you don’t have to pay the fine within 28 days is if you opt to contest parking ticket Haringey fines.

You shouldn’t ignore a parking ticket Haringey fine 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

Successful Appeal Case Study


Initial Fine £100
Additional Fees £171
Total Fine £271

The Appeal Process

Scott used JustAnswer, online legal service to enhance his appeal. The trial of this cost him just £5.

Total Fine £271
Cost of legal advice £5

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What happens if you don’t pay a fine?

Your PCN fine amount will increase by 50% if you don’t pay or make a Haringey Council PCN appeal within 28 days.

It 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. 

Ways to Pay a PCN

You can pay a Penalty Charge Notice Haringey 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.

Unfortunately, the council doesn’t provide a way to recover a lost Haringey PCN number over the phone for “data protection reasons”.

Once your Haringey PCN payment is processed by the council, that’s it you won’t have to worry about any further communications.

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

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Can you challenge it?

You can challenge a PCN Haringey fine 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 make a Haringey London PCN appeal 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. 

Appeal Process Steps

I understand that appealing a PCN can seem challenging, but don’t worry! I’ve created this table that explains all the steps you should take.

If you want to learn more about your PCN, be sure to check out our detailed guide.

Process: Steps you should take:
When you receive the ticket… You should gather as much evidence as you can to support your appeal claim and prove that the ticket was unfairly issued.
If you were given the ticket in person/attached to your car… You must make an informal appeal (sent to the local authority/council that issued the PCN) within 14 days. This should be a letter with the evidence proving why the ticket was incorrectly given.
If it was posted to you… You will be given 21 days to submit an informal appeal (from the day you received the letter). Your informal appeal should be a letter with the evidence proving why the ticket was incorrectly given.
If the informal appeal is rejected… You will receive a Notice to Owner and will have 28 days to respond to this with a formal appeal. You can conduct the formal appeal online or via paper form. The Traffic Penalty Tribunal can send you one of these forms.
If the formal appeal is rejected… You will receive a Notice of Rejection. From here, you are free to challenge the council’s verdict at an independent tribunal.
If the independent tribunal disagrees with your appeal… You should pay the ticket within 28 days of the tribunal rejecting your appeal. If you don’t, the fine will be increased by 50%.
If you don’t have the money to pay the fine, you should contact Citizens Advice or another debt charity.

Some reasons to appeal your PCN could be that:

  • You broke down and were waiting for a mechanic
  • The ticket machine was broken
  • You were parked correctly

You’ll need evidence such as a photo to strengthen your representation. 

Getting the support of a Solicitor can take a huge weight off your mind.

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How much is a fine?

If you’re asking, ‘how much is a parking ticket in Haringey?’ The answer is that Haringey Gov PCNs will cost motorists 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

Should I challenge the ticket or pay?

Only you can make the decision to appeal or pay the Haringey parking ticket.

In my experience, it should be based on how strong you think your appeal arguments are and the amount of evidence you have.

You might want to go online to the council’s website and see what Haringey Council PCN evidence is on file against you.

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. 

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It Got Rejected – Help!

If you decide to file a Haringey PCN challenge 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 Haringey parking PCN appeal to an independent tribunal who might rule in your favour by reversing the council’s decision.

If, however, the adjudicator rejects your parking ticket appeal Haringey, you’ll have no choice but to pay the full fine.

Haringey PCN Contact Number

Haringey pay PCN by phone: 0300 4560520
Haringey PCN pay online: Online payment option
Haringey PCN appeal online: Challenge Haringey PCN online option
Haringey PCN view online: Haringey PCN checker online
Retrieve lost PCN number Haringey: Retrieve lost Haringey PCNs online option
Website: https://www.haringey.gov.uk/
Haringey PCN contact number: N/A

The Haringey Penalty Charge Notice contact number listed above is only to make a payment.

There isn’t a specific Haringey Council PCN email address listed on the council’s website.

However, if you want to apply for a parking permit, you can use the Haringey CPZ permit online option.

What about private parking fines?

The answers above only relate to PCNs and not private parking tickets.

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Scott Nelson MoneyNerd
Scott Nelson is a renowned debt expert who supports people in debt with debt management and debt solution resources.
Janine Marsh MoneyNerd
Appeals Expert
Janine is a financial expert who supports individuals with debt management, cost-saving resources, and navigating parking tickets.