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Lost PCN Number

“I have lost my PCN number and don’t know what to do.”

We can help you find your PCN, and if you have lost your PCN, we can help you know where to look for it. You’ll probably need your lost PCN number to make a payment, so it’s best that you recover it swiftly. 

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 with 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 Penalty Charge Notice?

A Penalty Charge Notice is a type of fine issued for one of three reasons. These are:

  1. Illegal parking
  2. Some driving offences
  3. Not paying road fees on time

Many councils issue PCNs when motorists park illegally or without paying in urban areas, and you can even be issued with a PCN for driving in bus lanes or turning when you’re not allowed. Transport groups may issue a PCN when you fail to pay one of their road fees in time. For example, you may get a PCN for not paying the London Congestion Charge or Dartford Crossing fee by the deadline. 

A PCN is not the same as a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN), which are usually handed out by the police and the DVSA for serious traffic offences, such as speeding. 

What is a PCN reference number?

Every PCN that is issued has a unique reference number. The PCN number is used to identify your PCN fine and your details. These reference numbers start with a two-letter prefix which can be used to work out either who issued the PCN and/or the type of PCN fine. 

Your PCN reference number should be visible at the top of your PCN notice. If Transport for London issued your PCN, it will be visible above the vehicle image in the top right corner. 

How do you pay a PCN?

Your PCN should provide details of all the different ways to pay. The most common method of paying a PCN is online. Most councils and transport groups that issue PCNs have dedicated areas of their website that allow you to search, view and pay your PCN. 

To pay your PCN, you’ll usually have to enter your vehicle registration number and your PCN number. This will bring up details of your fine and allow you to pay online with a debit card. 

Lost PCN – how to pay?

If you have lost your PCN number, you won’t be able to pay online as you’ll need the number to find your fine and pay. In this situation, you’ll need to contact your PCN issuer and ask if they can tell you your PCN number. If you call them, you may be able to pay over the phone then and there anyway. 

You’ll probably need to be the registered vehicle owner to be given the lost PCN number over the phone. 

What do I do if I lost my parking ticket UK?

If you have lost your UK parking ticket it is best to contact the local council or (private) company that issued your parking ticket. Using your vehicle registration number, they should be able to find any reference number, which makes paying online straightforward. 

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

If you don’t pay your PCN within 28 days, you’ll be issued a charge certificate that gives you an additional 14 days to pay, but the fine will be increased by 50%. Failing to pay within the additional 14 days can result in a court order and the use of bailiffs. You can pay a reduced fee if you pay within 14 days of first receiving the PCN.

Alternatively, you can challenge a PCN you don’t agree with. If the PCN was left on your vehicle, you first have to make an informal appeal. In any other case, you must make a formal appeal called a representation. This involves writing a letter detailing why you contest the PCN with as much evidence as possible.

If a formal appeal is rejected, you have the right to escalate the appeal to an independent tribunal. The specific tribunal that judges on your case is decided on whether you live inside London, outside London, in Scotland or in Northern Ireland.  

Do I need to declare a PCN to my insurance company?

PCNs don’t usually have to be declared to your car insurance company. The insurance policy you are offered is unlikely to be affected by receiving a PCN, which is why the insurance company won’t need to know. 

You might have to declare a PCN on other applications and at other times, such as on visa applications to go abroad. They don’t usually affect visa outcomes. 

I have lost my PCN number (quick recap!)

Losing your PCN reference number can make it impossible to pay your PCN quickly, and potentially save some money. You should recover your PCN number by contacting your PCN issuer.

Learn more about PCNs and parking tickets

Uncover more tips and information about parking tickets and PCNs in the UK. We have other guides to help you deal with a PCN, including how to challenge them effectively. Check out our other free PCN content today! 

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.

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