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Kingston PCN – Should you Pay or Appeal? 

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· May 28th, 2024
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Just received a Kingston council parking fine, and you’re not sure if you should pay or make an appeal? You’re in the right place for clear and simple advice. Over 130,000 people visit our site each month for guidance on fines and parking tickets, so rest assured, you’re not alone.

In this article, we’ll make things easy by explaining:

  • What a Kingston Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) is.
  • If you must pay a Kingston PCN.
  • How to challenge a Kingston PCN.
  • The role of photographic evidence in an appeal.
  • The possible outcomes of not paying your fine.

We know how annoying it can be to get a parking fine, but don’t worry, we’re here to help with lots of useful tips and real-life examples. Whether you decide to pay your Kingston PCN or appeal it, we’ve got you covered.

Let’s dive in.

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. 

Kingston PCN Vs Private Kingston parking fine

A Kingston Council Penalty Charge Notice isn’t the same as a private parking ticket, which is somewhat confusingly called a Parking Charge Notice.

Whereas a Penalty Charge Notice is a real fine, a Parking Charge Notice is not.

It’s more like an invoice from a private company for supposedly breaking the terms of a contract when entering private land. 

How much is a parking fine for Kingston upon Thames?

A parking fine from Kingston upon Thames Council is set between £80 and £130.

The amount of your PCN Kingston Council is based on the severity of the parking offence and whether you put other people in danger by parking illegally.

But your fine would be halved if you pay quickly.

Check out why one motorist got two PCNs for entering a yellow box.

Source: Moneysavingexpert

Do you have to pay?

You either have to pay your Kingston PCN or appeal against it within 28 days.

You shouldn’t do nothing and just hope it will go away, because it won’t.

Neither paying or appealing against the Penalty Charge Notice will result in having to pay a bigger fine or worse. 

Anyone who doesn’t make their Kingston PCN payment or appeal against their Kingston council parking fine within 28 days will be served a charge certificate.

This increases the fine by 50%, so anybody who owed £80 would now owe £120.

You then have two weeks to make this payment or face further action.

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

JustAnswer helped Scott craft the best appeal possible and he was able to win his case.

Scott’s fine was cancelled and he only paid £5 for the legal help.

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What happens if you don’t pay?

Further action involves the council asking for a court order making you pay.

This order will request you pay or it gives the local authority the right to use bailiffs to recover the debt.

Bailiffs will add their own fees when they contact you or visit your home, which can be very expensive. 

The bailiffs will ask for full payment or try to repossess some of your assets to be sold at auction to clear the council debt. 

Will an unpaid PCN affect my car insurance?

No. An unpaid Penalty Charge Notice will not affect your car insurance because you won’t get any penalty points on your driving licence.

How to pay PCN Kingston

The simplest way to pay your Kingston PCN is to pay online via the council’s website.

You can discuss your PCN and find other ways to make your Kingston Council PCN payment by calling them directly on 020 8547 5995.

Lines are open on weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm.

Alternative payment methods are usually listed on the PCN.

Click here to pay your Kingston upon Thames parking fine online. 

Can you challenge the PCN?

You can appeal against a Kingston parking fine as long as your appeal is made within the first 28 days.

No Kingston PCN challenge can be made after this deadline and your fine will have already increased by 50%.

Learn more about appealing a PCN in this dedicated guide on the subject. 

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How do you challenge it?

Most PCN appeals will require a formal letter explaining your reasons for wanting the PCN written off.

You’ll need to have strong arguments, such as the ticket machine was broken or an emergency unfolded.

It’s preferred to provide an argument with evidence, such as a photo or video

People who received their PCN stuck to their vehicle can’t make a formal appeal first (representation).

They must make an informal appeal to the council, and if that is rejected they can progress to the formal appeal process. 

Kingston PCN Contact Number

Pay by phone: 03453591111 
Payment by post: RBK Parking Services, PO Box 220, Lowton Way, Sheffield, S98 1NU
Website: https://www.kingston.gov.uk/

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Kingston parking ticket appeal rejected – next option

When a formal appeal is rejected by the council you don’t have to give up.

There is still a chance you can have the parking ticket cancelled.

To do this you will have to escalate the appeal to an independent tribunal. For London PCNs, it is the London Tribunals that make the final decision. 

What are the London Tribunals?

As mentioned, the London Tribunals is an independent body that assesses whether a rejected appeal should be upheld or not.

In short, the tribunal will look at your evidence and decide whether the fine should be cancelled or not.

The tribunal’s decision is final which means both parties must abide by it.

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If you’re thinking about appealing your parking ticket then getting some professional advice is a good idea.

Getting the support of a Solicitor can make your appeal much more likely to win.

For a £5 trial, Solicitors from JustAnswer can look at your case and help you create an airtight appeal.

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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.