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Lost Parking Ticket? – What to do First

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A lost parking ticket doesn’t have to be a nightmare, provided you don’t ignore things. You’ll need the ticket number whether you want to challenge or pay the penalty!

I will explain what to do first when you lose a parking ticket. Then, I cover private parking tickets, and council issued penalties which need paying or appealing.

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 do I do if I lost my parking ticket UK?

Contact the issuer as soon as possible when you lose a parking ticket, whether a local authority or private company issued it. When it’s a Parking Charge Notice (PCN), you need to find out the number so you can either contest the charge or pay it!

The process should be easy enough to do online, provided you have the vehicle registration number.

You may have got a PCN for the following reasons:

  • You parked illegally
  • Committed a driving offence
  • Failed to pay road fines on time

You could receive a PCN for driving in a bus lane or for turning when it’s prohibited. You need to have the information on the notice to pay the fine or to file a challenge!

I’ve lost my PCN number, where can I find help?

When you lose a PCN number, you need to email the issuing council and provide the following information:

  • The vehicle’s make and registration
  • The name of the road where you were parked
  • The date (approximate) the PCN was issued

You can find out who issued the PCN by going online and checking the postcode of the road where you parked. You may also need to provide the following:

  • A copy of the vehicle logbook
  • A copy of your driving licence

Lost PCN number, how do I pay?

It is harder to pay a parking penalty quickly when you lose your PCN number. It also means you may have to pay more because of a payment delay. Therefore, my advice is to contact the issuer to get the lost PCN number as soon as possible.

You can’t pay online if you’ve lost your PCN number. As mentioned, you’ll need to contact the issuer and ask them for the information. Calling them is the best option because you may be able to pay the parking fee over the phone. But, of course, that’s if you’re not going to challenge it. Either way, you need to have the PCN number.

Plus, you’ll need to be the vehicle’s registered owner to get the information over the phone! Otherwise, you won’t get the information you need to pay or contest the parking fine.

Can you get a CCJ for a parking ticket?

If a debt collection agency has contacted you about a parking fine that’s 4 years old, don’t panic. However, if the debt remains unpaid the debt collector may request that the court issue a CCJ againts you. It’s best not to let it get this far, you’d be better off paying the debt when you find out about it, appealing or agreeing a payment plan with the debt collector. 

What happens if I don’t pay a parking ticket UK?

You’ll receive a charge certificate when you don’t pay a parking ticket within 28 days. This gives you a further 14 days to pay the penalty. But, and there’s a but, the penalty increases by 50%.

A court order could be issued if you don’t pay up in the 14 days. In addition, bailiffs could be instructed to recover the debt! However, if you agree to pay within 14 days of receiving a PCN, the fee could be reduced.

That said, when you want to challenge the PCN, you must file an informal appeal if the ticket was left on your vehicle. You’ll need the PCN number to do this. You’ll have to file a ‘formal’ appeal known as a representation in all other cases. It involves:

  • Writing a letter detailing why you’re disputing the PCN
  • Providing adequate evidence to support why you don’t think you should pay

You won’t have to pay the parking penalty when your ‘representation’ is accepted. However, you’ll receive a ‘notice of rejection’ when it’s not accepted. You then have 28 days to pay or lodge an appeal to an independent tribunal.

You’ll incur a late penalty charge when you don’t pay or lodge an appeal (charge certificate). In short, the original amount of the penalty could increase!

Challenging a parking ticket is not the same in Scotland or Northern Ireland!

Also, you should check the ticket because different rules apply to certain PCNs!

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.

Challenging a ticket from a private company

If you lost a parking ticket issued by a private company, get in touch with the issuer as soon as you can. You can either pay the penalty or challenge it when you think it’s wrong and you have the correct information to hand.

An accredited private parking operator should let you know how to pay, appeal, and challenge the fine. You can find out whether you’re dealing with an accredited operator or not by checking the operator’s website.

You can file an appeal against a private parking ticket with:

Lastly,

Contact the issuer when you lose a parking ticket and don’t have the PCN number. Try to sort things out before they go too far. Remember, the amount you owe on a parking ticket will increase the longer you leave it unpaid.

Plus, if you go to court and the issuer wins the case, you could be given a County Court Judgement (CCJ). It will impact your ability to borrow, get a credit card, a loan or a mortgage. In short, it could destroy your credit history!

Thanks for taking the time to read this post on lost parking tickets and what to do. I hope the information is useful and helps you sort things out successfully!

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