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Manchester PCN – Pay or Appeal? 2022

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Did you get a parking ticket in Manchester? Was it in a private car park or in a public place? Getting a parking ticket is never amusing and knowing when to pay or appeal can be confusing.

I look at how to deal with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) and Parking Charge Notice. They may look the same, but they’re not. Read on to find out more.

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’s the difference between a penalty charge notice and a parking charge notice? 

Parking Charge Notices are issued by private companies and differ from Penalty Charge Notices which are issued by local authorities.

Penalty Charge Notices are backed up by law whereas Parking Charge Notices are not. Only a judge can issue an order for you to pay a parking ticket you receive on private land.

In short, don’t treat a parking fine on private land the same as one you get from a local authority or the Police! But don’t ignore them either.

Are parking charge notices legally enforceable?

Because Parking Charge Notices are given for a parking violation on private land they are not enforced by the Police, councils, or local highways authorities.

Only a court can order you to pay a parking charge on private land!

However, you should never ignore a Parking Charge Notice but you should not pay it automatically either!

A Penalty Charge Notice on the other hand, is enforceable under UK law. Again, never ignore a ticket you get on public land because it could be expensive when you do.

Should you pay a Manchester PCN?

It depends. All private operators must follow a Code of Practice whether they are members of the British Parking Association (BPA) or the International Parking Association (IPC).

Plus, private management companies must be part of the Accredited Trade Association (ATA).

You should pay a Parking Charge Notice or a Penalty Charge Notice if it is deserved. In short, if the ticket was issued correctly and you committed a parking violation, pay the fine.

Note: When you pay the fine within 14 days, the amount is greatly reduced!

Should you appeal a Manchester PCN?

Again, it depends. If you feel the parking ticket is unfair, or it was issued incorrectly, you have the right to appeal. But you must appeal within 28 days or further action is taken against you.

First, check the parking fine was correctly given. Next, make sure you didn’t deserve it!

How do I appeal a Manchester parking fine?

You need to make a representation when you appeal a Manchester parking fine. You can make the appeal online. The ticket will be cancelled if your representation succeeds.

However, you’ll be sent a Notice of Rejection letter if your representation is unsuccessful. You can then file an appeal with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal (TPT). Again you can file the appeal online.

Note: This applies to England and Wales only.

How do I appeal a ticket on private land?

When you get a parking ticket on private land, first make sure if the operator is accredited with either the BPA or IPC.

If they are members, they must follow a Code of Practice. An operator should also provide information on their websites on how to appeal a ticket. Make sure you appeal the ticket within 28 days to avoid any further action.

What happens if you don’t pay a PCN UK?

When you don’t pay a PCN in 28 days, you’ll be sent a ‘Charge Certificate’. Plus, if you pay after 14 days, you lose out on the reduced fee.

You’ll also be sent a court order demanding payment when you don’t pay the Charge Certificate within the allotted 14 day period. In short, when you don’t pay a PCN UK, you’ll be faced with deadlines and penalties.

What happens if you don’t pay a Manchester Parking Charge Notice?

If you don’t pay or appeal a Parking Charge Notice and choose to ignore the fine, the operator can start legal proceedings.

First, you’ll be sent lots of threatening letters. Each letter will be more threatening than the previous one.

An operator may not take you to court, but they can instruct a debt collection agency to contact you. That said, there’s never any guarantee that a landowner or operator won’t take you to court.

My advice? Don’t ignore the parking fine and don’t ignore any correspondence either

What is a 10-minute grace period?

A 10-minute grace period allows motorists a little more time after their allotted time expires. However, your vehicle must be parked correctly and no infringement occurred.

According to the Department of Transport, a Penalty Charge Notice that’s issued before the 10 minutes grace expires is deemed illegal. Providing the vehicle is not unlawfully parked.

Can you get a CCJ for a PCN?

If you don’t appeal or pay a Manchester PCN, you could get a County Court Judgement (CCJ) levied against you. This would be for non-payment.

I recommend you don’t let things go this far. A CCJ remains on your credit history for 6 years and will affect your ability to borrow.

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.

GET STARTED

Lastly, Manchester PCN – pay or appeal?

Never ignore a Manchester PCN and don’t ignore any correspondence you’re sent. Instead, file an appeal or pay the fine. If you pay within 14 days, the amount is reduced.

If you decide to appeal the fine, make sure you make it within 28 days to avoid more expense and further action.

Thanks for reading my article on a Manchester PCN and whether you should pay or appeal it. I hope it helps you make the right decision on what to do.

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