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Merton PCN – Should you Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Merton PCN

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Did your recent trip to the Merton area end with a council parking fine, also known as a Merton PCN? If so, you’re in the right place. We answer the most asked questions to do with a Merton PCN, including how to appeal a Merton PCN. Let’s get straight into it! 

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 Merton PCN?

PCN stands for Penalty Charge Notice, which is a type of fine that can be issued by local authorities, such as Merton Council in London. These fines are given for limited traffic offences and parking contraventions within the local authority’s area.

The PCN may be served by being left on a vehicle, which is most likely if they have committed a parking offence. Otherwise, they can be sent in the post, which indicates that the contravention was caught on camera. 

How much does a Merton PCN cost?

As of December 2021, Merton PCN fines will cost either £80 or £130 depending on the seriousness of the contravention. This is in line with the rest of London and is a slight increase from the costs prior to December 2021. 

But your Meton PCN can be reduced by simply paying within 14 days. Everyone who pays their fine within 14 days will automatically receive a 50% discount on the fine amount. So your PCN Merton could cost either £40 or £65 instead

When and how do I pay?

A Meton PCN must be paid within 28 days of being served. There is only one time when you will not have to pay within 28 days, which is when you’ve lodged an appeal (more on this later!). 

You can pay a Merton Council parking fine online using the council’s own payment portal. To make the payment you’ll need to know your vehicle registration number and PCN number. The latter is found on your parking ticket and starts with two letters. 

What happens if I ignore my Merton PCN?

Ignoring a Penalty Charge Notice from any local council will result in a charge certificate being sent to you, which increases your fine by 50% of its original value. Those with an initial £80 fine will now owe £120, and those with an initial £130 fine will now owe £195. 

It’s really important to find a way to pay after a charge certificate has been sent out. You get 14 days to pay, and if you don’t, the council can ask for a court order to make you pay. Ignoring an order to pay from the courts will ensure the council get permission to use debt enforcement action, which generally means employing bailiffs to recover the debt. 

As soon as bailiffs send you a letter – i.e. a Notice of Enforcement – you are hit with a £75 charge. These bailiff fees keep rising and get added to your debt until a resolution is found. 

What is a Merton PCN representation?

A representation is the name for a formal appeal against a Penalty Charge Notice. Thus, a Merton PCN representation is when you challenge a PCN issued by Merton Council. 

If the PCN wasn’t sent out in the post, you might have to make an informal appeal first. If the informal appeal is rejected, you can then lodge a representation if desired. 

The Merton PCN appeal process

A Meton PCN can be made online or by sending a letter. It cannot be made over the phone because it’s part of a legal process. It includes a statement of why you believe the PCN should be cancelled, including any evidence you wish to add. 

The council will then write to you or send an email with their decision. If they reject your appeal against the PCN, you will not be able to access the reduced rate anymore. But if they accept your appeal, they are likely to cancel the parking ticket and you won’t have to pay anything. 

If you want to challenge the PCN with a letter, we have made it easier. Download our free PCN appeal letter template now!

Merton PCN – appeal or pay?

One of the hardest decisions is whether you should appeal or pay a PCN. The decision is made more difficult because after a formal representation, you cannot access the 50% fine reduction. So you either make the payment quickly and pay as little as £40 or progress with the appeal with the chance it could be rejected and end up paying £80 or more. 

There’s no answer to this question that appeases all situations. The decision should be made on the basis and strength of your appeal, which will be case-specific. 

Merton PCN appeal rejected – another way?

Your appeal doesn’t have to end in disappointment just because Merton Council rule against your arguments. If they reject your representation, you can take your appeal to the next stage. Instead of the council making a decision on the fine they issued, you can get an independent decision instead. London Tribunals can look at your arguments and make the final call.

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 about private Merton parking tickets?

Merton parking tickets from private car parks and companies are a completely different matter. They’re not real fines and are more like an invoice, which is why you can sometimes get away without having to pay them. Learn the key details and your options when facing a private parking fine in the UK in our latest guide

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