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Harrow PCN – Should you Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Harrow PCN

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It can be daunting to receive a Penalty Charge Notice from Harrow Council, also known as a Harrow PCN. But you’re certainly not alone. Local authorities across London issue PCNs to scores of motorists. 

We’ve rounded up the key information so you know all your options after receiving a Harrow PCN. 

Do You Have to Pay?

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

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Is parking free in Harrow?

There are some areas in Harrow where parking is free or parking is free for a limited period. Otherwise, you’ll need to pay for the amount of time you are parked on a street or in a council car park. Failing to do pay when required can result in being issued a Harrow PCN. 

What is a Harrow PCN?

Harrow Council can issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) to any motorist who is deemed to have committed a parking or minor traffic contravention within the council area. These are legally enforceable fines. Not paying for (adequate) parking or driving through a bus lane are the common reasons that Harrow Council might serve you with a PCN.  

Harrow Council employ enforcement officers to leave PCNs on the windshields of vehicles. But it’s also possible to be served a Harrow PCN in the post. When this happens it means your contravention was seen on camera and the council requested your address from the DVLA. 

Harrow Penalty Charge Notices are not the same as private parking fines in Harrow. 

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How much is a Harrow Council PCN?

You’ll have to pay between £60 and £130 after receiving a Harrow Council PCN, depending on the location and seriousness of the contravention. But your fine can be reduced by 50% if you pay within 14 or 21 days, as stated on the parking ticket. This means your Harrow PCN may only cost you as little as £30. 

Do you have to pay a Harrow Council PCN?

Unfortunately, you do have to pay a Harrow Council PCN within 28 days unless you plan on appealing against it. Otherwise, you will be subject to an even bigger fine and possible court action.

Find out exactly what will happen if you ignore a PCN below! 

What happens if you ignore a Harrow Council PCN?

People who ignore a Harrow Council PCN get sent a charge certificate which gives them an additional 14 days to pay an increased fine. You’ll now have to pay 50% more than your initial fine within two weeks, which could be as much as £195.

Ignoring a charge certificate isn’t wise. The local authority could escalate the matter to the courts and ask for a court order to make you pay. When a court order has been issued and you are still reluctant to pay, the council can use bailiffs to get its money. 

A bailiff will try to get you to make a payment or seize possession of your assets to be sold at auction. Bailiffs add their own charges to your debt, which can be more than double the amount you owe, so it’s best to avoid an escalation like this. 

How to pay a Harrow PCN?

There are many ways to pay a Harrow PCN. You can pay using their automated payment line, by sending a cheque in the post and you can pay online using the council’s website. Whichever payment method you choose, you’ll need a few details to hand. You need to identify the fine you’re paying, which requires your vehicle registration number and your PCN reference number. 

A PCN reference number is the number that is found on your parking ticket, usually at the top of the notice. If you have lost this you’ll need to contact the council to ask for a replacement before you can pay. 

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How do I contact Harrow Council by phone?

The Harrow Council parking department doesn’t accept telephone calls and states all communication must be made in writing for legal purposes. 

If you have lost your PCN reference number you should send an email requesting a new one to [email protected]

Can you make a Harrow PCN appeal?

You can challenge a Penalty Charge Notice from Harrow Council. However, appeals must be made within 28 days – the same amount of time you have to pay the PCN. You aren’t allowed to challenge a Harrow PCN outside of this timeframe. 

How do I challenge PCN on Harrow Council?

A Harrow PCN appeal must be made online by submitting a statement of why you want the PCN cancelled. Your appeal is stronger if you can also supply evidence that supports your arguments. 

If accepted, you will not have to pay the fine. And if rejected, you will be sent details on how to escalate your appeal to London Tribunals – if desired. 

The council must respond to your formal appeal within 56 days, as per the Traffic Management Act 2004. 

Harrow PCN – appeal or pay?

You might not be sure whether to just pay and get it over with or make an appeal. The decision can only be made by you judging your own situations and strength of appeal. But keep in mind that appealing will prevent you from accessing the 50% reduced rate. 

You may want to consider the chances of your appeal against paying a smaller fine now. It’s somewhat of a risk only you can choose to take or not. 

How do I get a parking permit in Harrow?

You can apply for a Harrow Council parking permit using the council’s website. This service is open to local residents, visitors and businesses. The cost of these permits differs between categories and locations. 

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’s the deal with private parking tickets?

As mentioned at the start of our post, private parking tickets are not the same as PCNs and should be tackled differently. Learn exactly how to fight back against private parking fines with us! 

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