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Hounslow PCN – Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Hounslow PCN

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Have you become the unfortunate recipient of a Hounslow PCN? If so, this is the post you need to read. We reveal all about a London Borough of Hounslow PCN and what you can do next. We’ll even tell you how to get 50% taken 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.

Can you park for free in Hounslow?

There are multiple places in Hounslow where you can park for free all day or at certain times. However, there are also places in Hounslow where you’ll need to pay to park. 

If you don’t pay for parking when you’re supposed to, or don’t pay for all the time you’re parked, you could end up with a Hounslow PCN

What is a Hounslow PCN?

A Hounslow PCN is a fine issued by the London Borough of Hounslow Council. The full name for these fines are Penalty Charge Notices. They can be served to all motorists who are deemed to have committed a parking contravention or specific traffic contraventions within the Hounslow area. 

For example, not paying for parking when supposed to or driving in a bus lane when not allowed can result in a PCN. 

Hounslow Council employs workers to look out for parking contraventions within its jurisdiction. These enforcement officers can leave a PCN on your vehicle, which looks like a small yellow packet. Alternatively, your contravention could be spotted on camera and the PCN sent to you in the post. 

How much is a Hounslow PCN?

Hounslow PCNs for parking contraventions range from £80 to £130. You’ll pay the lower or higher amount based on the seriousness of the contravention and possibly location. However, you can get 50% knocked off your fine if you pay within 14 days or within 21 days if the PCN was served by post. 

Do you have to pay a Hounslow PCN?

Yes – you do have to pay a Hounslow PCN within 28 days. The only time you might not have to pay within 28 days is if you have lodged an appeal against the parking ticket and it takes longer than 28 days to get a response, which is common. 

What happens if you ignore a Hounslow PCN?

If you ignore a Hounslow PCN for more than 28 days then the council will increase your fine by 50% of its original value. So if you initially received a £130 fine, you’ll now need to pay £195. This process is initiated by sending you a document called a charge certificate. You have 14 days to pay the increased fine or face further and more serious action. 

If a charge certificate and the larger fine goes ignored, the council can take legal action. They can ask a court judge to serve you with an order of recovery, which makes the fine a debt you have to pay. 

Ignoring this court request is a bad idea because the council could then use bailiffs to recover the debt. And doing so incurs further charges for you. Some of these charges can be more than the parking ticket! 

Pay a London Borough of Hounslow PCN

You can pay a Hounslow PCN online using the local authority’s online payment service. This service requires you to first identify your fine with your vehicle registration and PCR reference number.  

What do I do if I don’t know my PCN number?

Your PCR reference number can be found on your Hounslow parking ticket at the top of the page. It begins with two letters. If you don’t know your PCN number and have lost it, you need to contact Hounslow Council and ask for a replacement code. You must send an email to [email protected] 

How do I appeal my PCN Hounslow?

As mentioned earlier, you can appeal a Hounslow PCN if you think the parking fine is unjustified or unfair. Your appeal must be submitted within 28 days of receiving the PCN or you’ll lose all rights to challenge the fine. 

London Borough of Hounslow PCN appeal process

A Hounslow PCN appeal is a way for you to outline the reasons you think the parking ticket should be cancelled. It’s also an opportunity to support your arguments using evidence, such as a photo or video. The correct name for a PCN appeal is a representation. 

All representations must be made in writing. Your statement and evidence can be submitted via the Hounslow Council website. You’ll then receive a decision within 56 days, most likely much sooner. 

If they accept your appeal then the fine is cancelled. But if they reject the appeal you’ll have to pay or escalate the appeal to an independent tribunal. Hounslow Council must provide guidance on how to escalate an appeal. 

Hounslow PCN – appeal or pay?

Nobody can decide whether it is better to appeal or pay your PCN Hounslow but you. The real decision is whether to take the 50% discounted fine or take somewhat of a risk to get the fine cancelled. Do you want to take the smaller fine or do you believe in your arguments and accompanying evidence? It comes down to individual circumstances and preferences. 

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.

Is there a time limit on a PCN?

There is a time limit on how long a council has to serve you with a PCN. If they exceed this time limit you can use it as a way to appeal against the PCN and have the fine withdrawn. Do you know how long the council have to send a PCN? Find out in our PCN timescale guide

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