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Kingston PCN – Should you Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Kingston PCN

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Do you have to pay a Kingston PCN and what will happen if you don’t? Disgruntled motorists who received a Penalty Charge Notice from Kingston upon Thames Council will uncover all their options here. 

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 is a Kingston PCN?

Kingston upon Thames Council can issue a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) to motorists who park illegally or commit some driving offences in the council area. The fine amount varies depending on the severity of the offence.

Penalty Charge Notices can also be sent by transport groups for not paying road tolls by a deadline. A Penalty Charge Notice served by a council is not the same as a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) from the UK police. 

Kingston PCN Vs Private Kingston parking fine

A Kingston PCN is not the same as a private parking ticket, which is somewhat confusingly called Parking Charge Notices. 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 an unwritten contract on its 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 fine is based on the severity of the parking offence and whether you put other people in danger by parking illegally. Your fine could be halved if you pay quickly.

Do you have to pay a Kingston PCN?

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. Not paying or appealing against the Penalty Charge Notice will result in having to pay a bigger fine or worse. 

What happened if you don’t pay a Kingston parking fine?

Anyone who does not pay or appeal against a 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.

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 and clear the council debt. 

How do you pay a Kingston parking ticket?

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 pay by calling them directly on 020 8547 5995. Lines are open on weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm.

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

What is VRM (PCN)?

If you are asked for your VRM during the process of paying your Penalty Charge Notice (PCN), it is asking for your vehicle registration mark (VRM), which simply means your vehicle registration. You’ll also need your PCN reference number to make a payment. 

How can I check if I have paid a parking ticket?

You can get confirmation that you have paid your Penalty Charge Notice directly from the council only. 

There is no way to check you have a parking ticket from a council until the Penalty Charge Notice has been served. A council has 28 days in most cases to send your PCN, so if you haven’t heard anything one month after the incident, you probably won’t be getting a parking fine. 

Can you challenge a Kingston PCN?

You can appeal against a Kingston parking fine as long as your appeal is made within the first 28 days. No appeal 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. 

How do you challenge a Kingston parking fine?

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

Kingston PCN – pay or appeal?

The decision to appeal or pay your Kingston PCN is an entirely personal one. Ask yourself how confident are you that the appeal will be accepted? Do you have good evidence? Or would you prefer to avoid the stress of appealing and take advantage of the reduced fine by paying within 14 days?

There is no right answer and it will all depend on personal experienced and preferences. 

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 makes the final decision. 

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.

More help fighting a Kingston parking fine

Did you find the information you were looking for? We hope you did and we hope you feel more confident dealing with your Kingston PCN. Learn more about dealing with debts, money threats and private parking “fines” in our other articles. 

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