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Medway PCN – Should I Pay or Ignore It? 2022

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What should you do after you receive a Medway PCN? 

We discuss your three options to deal with a Penalty Charge Notice from Medway Council and what can happen if you ignore this fine. Make the right call with our guidance. 

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 Medway PCN?

Medway Council can issue a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) to motorists who are guilty of a parking contravention or minor driving offence within the council area. This is a type of council fine

For example, if you don’t pay for parking in public areas when you’re supposed to or drive in a bus lane when it’s not permitted, you could be issued a Medway PCN. 

These fines can be issued to you by leaving them on your vehicle, usually attached to your windshield. But you don’t have to be caught in person to get caught out. Medway Council can also use CCTV to identify parking contraventions and driving offences, and then send the fine to the registered vehicle owner’s address by requesting it from the DVLA first.

Interestingly, Penalty Charge Notices must be paid by the vehicle owner even if someone else was driving. If you’ve been served a Medway PCN but someone else was driving your vehicle, you could ask them to pay. 

How much is a Medway PCN?

A Penalty Charge Notice from Medway Council can initially cost £50, £60 or £70. If you’ve driven in a bus lane when not allowed you’ll be issued the £60 fine. The £50 and £70 fines are for lower level and higher level parking contraventions. More serious contraventions incur the higher fine. 

However, all three of these fine amounts can be cut in half. You get 50% off your Penalty Charge Notice when you pay within 14 days, so you could end up paying £25, £30 or £35. 

How to pay a Medway PCN

The easiest way to pay a Medway PCN is to pay online via the Medway Council website. They have an online portal where you can find your fine and pay. You’ll need your vehicle registration number and your PCN number to make the payment.

Your PCN number is unique to your fine and can usually be found at the top of the PCN. If you’ve lost your PCN, you should contact Medway Council for instructions on how to pay. 

What happens if you ignore a Medway PCN?

You’re given 28 days to pay your Medway Penalty Charge Notice. If you fail to pay within this timeframe, Medway Council will send you a charge certificate. So, what is a charge certificate and what does it do?

A charge certificate is essentially a notice that you missed the deadline to pay. But it does more than just that. It also increases your fine by 50%. So if you received a £50 parking contravention PCN, the new fine you would have to pay is £75. You’re given an additional two weeks to pay the new fine.

What if you miss the 14-day deadline?

If you fail to pay the increased fine within 14 days, Medway Council will take further and more serious action. They can register the amount as a debt with the court by getting a court order for you to pay. If you don’t arrange to pay after the court order has been issued, they can use enforcement action, which usually means bailiffs.

The bailiffs will give you notice that they plan to come to your home, giving you one final chance to pay. This notice comes with a £75 fee which gets added to your debt. If they come to your home, much bigger fees are added and they could take some of your assets to then be sold and pay off the growing debt. 

You should aim to avoid dealing with bailiffs. If you’re struggling to pay your PCN, reach out to the council to discuss potential payment plans. 

So, should you pay or ignore a PCN from Medway?

Ignoring a Medway PCN can only result in bigger fines, especially if bailiffs get involved. For this reason (and others) it’s much better to pay your Penalty Charge Notice than ignore it. 

But there is one other option that doesn’t involve either of these scenarios. Do you know what it is?

Can you lodge a Medway PCN appeal?

You can appeal a Medway Penalty Charge Notice within 28 days of the alleged contravention. You cannot appeal after paying because you accept liability as soon as you pay, and you cannot appeal once 28 days have passed. 

How to make a Medway PCN appeal

You can appeal a Medway PCN online using the same portal used to pay the fine. This portal is also where you can view evidence the council holds against you. 

You should make your appeal with a genuine reason you think the fine is unfair, which may need to be supported with evidence, such as a photo or witness statement. 

Interestingly, Medway Council lists the reasons that you can appeal. But even if your reason isn’t on this list, you still have the right to appeal. Don’t be put off by their limited list which may be designed to deter people from appealing their 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.

GET STARTED

What if your PCN appeal gets rejected?

If your appeal is rejected you have the right to escalate the appeal to an independent tribunal. This is free and could help overturn Medway Council’s appeal decision. The council must provide details on how to do this at the same time they reject your initial PCN challenge. 

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