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Havering PCN – Pay or Appeal? 2022

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Were you given a parking ticket in Havering? If so, you may be wondering whether you have to pay it or if you could appeal the fine? First you need to find out whether it’s a Penalty Charge Notice or a Parking Charge Notice.

I explain the difference between a parking fine on private land or one you got in a public place. Then I provide advice on what you should do. To find out more read on!

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 difference between a penalty charge notice and a parking charge notice? 

A Penalty Charge Notice is issued when you commit a parking violation on public land. Councils, the police and Highway Agencies give them to motorists for minor parking offences.

A Parking Charge Notice is not a fine. It’s an invoice issued by private parking operators for parking infringements.

A Penalty Charge Notice is enforceable by law. However, only a judge can rule that you pay a parking charge on private land if an operator wins a case in court.

That said, never ignore a parking ticket whether you get one on private or public land.

Note: Landowners and private operators cannot legally demand you pay a ticket you get on private land. Only a judge can do that!

Should I pay a Havering parking fine on private land?

Make sure the parking fine is legit and that it was issued correctly before you pay the fine. I recommend you do the following:

·         Check whether the operator is an ATA or AOS member

·         Are they members of the BPA or the IPC?

·         Did the operator follow the Code of Practice

·         Did you commit a parking violation that contravenes the T&Cs of using the car park

If the fine was issued correctly, you’ll have to pay it. Plus, when you pay within 14 days, you’ll benefit from a significant discount.

Should you appeal a Havering parking fine on private land?

If you believe the parking fine was not issued correctly or you did not break any rules, you should appeal the ticket. I suggest you check the operator’s website to make sure they’re accredited.

Next, follow their process to appeal the ticket. If it’s rejected, the next step is to file an appeal with an independent appeals service.

This could be POPLA or the IAS depending on which association the operator is a member of.

Note: You must file an appeal against a private fine within 28 days or you could be taken to court.

Should I pay a Havering PCN – Penalty Charge Notice?

Unfortunately, when a Penalty Charge Notice is given correctly and you committed a parking violation, you’ll have to pay. That said, pay the fine within 14 days and the amount is significantly less than if you pay any later!

How do I appeal a Havering PCN – Penalty Charge Notice?

If you got a Penalty Charge Notice in Havering and want to appeal it, you must make a representation to the council which you can do online. If your appeal is successful, the council will cancel the ticket.

When your appeal is unsuccessful, the council sends you a ‘letter of rejection’. If you’re not happy about things, you have the right to appeal the ticket through the Traffic Penalty Tribunal (TPT).

Note: This only covers England and Wales

What happens if I don’t pay penalty notice?

When you don’t pay the PCN or you ignore it, the amount increases by 50% after 28 days!

If you continue to ignore paying the fine (the increased amount), the debt is registered with the County Court. In short, you’ll have a CCJ on your credit history.

You have 14 days to pay the amount once the court has issued the demand. If you fail to pay within the timeframe, a judge will issue a ‘warrant’ for civil enforcement agents to recover the debt.

My advice? Don’t ignore the PCN or official letters you get. I suggest you pay or appeal the fine to avoid things getting this far.

What happens if I don’t pay a Havering Parking Charge Notice?

When you don’t pay a parking fine you got in private land in Havering, the operator will chase you for the money. First, you’ll get lots of threatening letters.

Next, the operator could take you to court. That said, they might not, but it’s a gamble. The one thing they will do is instruct a debt collection agency to recover the debt.

I suggest you stay in contact with an operator and never ignore a parking fine of correspondence you get.

What is a 10-minute grace period?

Operators, Councils, the Police and Highway Authorities must give you the 10-minute grace period before issuing a fine. However, vehicles must be lawfully parked on public land and correctly parked on private land.

Can I get a CCJ for a Havering PCN?

If you ignore a Havering PCN (Penalty Charge Notice) or you don’t pay or appeal the fine, you could receive a County Court Judgement (CCJ) for non-payment.

However, don’t ignore a fine you get on private land either. Make sure it’s correct and that you deserved the ticket before you decide to pay or appeal it.

Havering PCN – pay or appeal?

I recommend you pay a Havering PCN (Penalty Charge Notice) once you’re happy you deserved the fine and it was correctly issued. However, if you feel it was wrong, you have the right to file an appeal with the council.

If you get a fine on private land (Parking Charge Notice), don’t automatically pay it without first checking if it’s correct. Again, you have the right to appeal the fine with either POPLA or the IAS.

Note: Make sure you pay the fine within 14 days to benefit from the reduced fine. Also make certain you appeal a parking ticket within 28 days to prevent further action.

Thanks for reading my post about Havering PCNs. I hope the info in the post helps you decide whether to pay or appeal the 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.

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