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Lambeth PCN – Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Lambeth PCN

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Whether you received your Lambeth PCN in the street or through the post, you need to know what can happen if you don’t pay – and your other options. 

This guide is written to help any motorist who received a parking ticket from Lambeth Council and is unsure if they should ignore it, challenge it or cough up. 

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 Lambeth PCN?

A Lambeth PCN is a Penalty Charge Notice issued by Lambeth Council in south London. A PCN is a type of fine issued by local authorities for parking offences, or for some driving offences, such as driving in a bus lane

PCNs can also be issued by Transport for London (TfL) for not paying road fees on time, including the London Congestion Charge. 

Can I ignore a Lambeth PCN?

You should not ignore a Lambeth PCN because doing so could make the fine grow bigger and even result in court action being taken against you. This doesn’t mean you have to pay the fine straight away and there are further options. 

What happens if you don’t pay a Lambeth parking fine?

If you don’t pay your Lambeth PCN, the local council will send you a charge certificate which increases the fine by 50%. You’ll then have 14 more days to pay the increased fine or face a court order that makes you responsible to pay or face enforcement action. 

This means if you don’t pay after a court order has been issued, you could then face bailiffs at your door

How do I pay a parking ticket in Lambeth?

You have 28 days to pay your Lambeth PCN, which can be done online, over the phone, by sending a cheque. All payment methods will require you to know your vehicle registration number and your PCN reference number. The PCN number is usually visible at the top of your parking fine notice. 

Click here to visit the Lambeth Council and pay your PCN online. Or call 0333 800 5005 to make a payment over the phone. This number is open 24/7 and costs 5p per minute to call (+ any network charges). 

If you want to pay by cheque or postal order, you need to make out a cheque for the London Borough of Lambeth and write your PCN number on the reverse side of the cheque. Interestingly, it needs to be sent outside of London to:

Lambeth Parking Services

PO Box 549

Darlington

DL1 9TU

Save money when you pay a Lambeth PCN

People who pay within 14 days only have to pay a reduced parking ticket fine. The reduced rate can be as much as 50% less than the original fine, so paying your PCN quickly can save you significantly.

The average parking ticket in London is between £80 and £130, so paying the reduced rate could save you somewhere between £40 and £65.  

Can you appeal a Lambeth parking fine?

You are allowed to appeal against a Lambeth Council parking fine as long as you lodge your appeal within 28 days. Your appeal will first be handled by the local authority, and if rejected, you can take your PCN appeal further. 

How do I appeal a parking ticket in Lambeth?

If your PCN was left on your vehicle, you must contact the council to make an informal appeal first. If this is rejected, you can move on to a formal appeal, also known as a representation

The representation is made to the council, detailing why you believe your Lewisham PCN should be cancelled. When possible, you should provide the council with photographic or video evidence.

Lambeth PCN – pay or appeal?

The decision to pay or appeal against your Lambeth PCN needs to be based on specific circumstances. If you believe your appeal is strong and has a good chance of being accepted, then maybe it is worthwhile appealing. 

On the other hand, paying your Lambeth PCN sooner and not appealing could save you money by securing the reduced rate. 

Lambeth PCN appeal rejected – what next?

When a representation to Lambeth Council is rejected, the motorist has the right to escalate their PCN challenge. They can ask an independent tribunal to judge on the matter and have the final say. All PCNs issues within London are escalated to London Tribunals for a decision. 

How do I contact Lambeth parking?

To contact Lambeth Council about a parking ticket or parking in general, you’ll need to visit or call the council directly. Note that the payment hotline is an automated line that accepts payments over the phone only. You should not call this number if you want to speak to someone and have a query. 

Is a PCN a criminal offence?

A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) isn’t a criminal offence. If you have received a PCN it will not show up on a criminal record check. You might however have to declare parking fines on some job and visa applications. They’re unlikely to affect the outcome of these applications. 

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.

Learn more about London parking tickets

It can be stressful and even scary to deal with council and private parking tickets. That’s why MoneyNerd has published lots of new and updated articles to help UK motorist know their rights and fight back in the right ways. 

We hope you found answers to your questions above, but don’t forget to check out more of our content and top tips soon! 

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