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Newcastle Parking Fine – Should I Pay or Appeal? 2022

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Have you recently received a Newcastle parking fine? This guide will tell you everything you need to know about Newcastle City Council parking fines and what will happen if you don’t pay. Uncover the different options to deal with your Penalty Charge Notice below. 

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 Newcastle parking fine?

A Newcastle City Council parking fine is a fine for a parking contravention on public land. They’re also known as Penalty Charge Notices and can be issued by any local authority in the UK and even some transport groups.

If you don’t pay for parking, overstay in a parking spot or park incorrectly in the Newcastle Council area, you could be served a Penalty Charge Notice. This notice could be left on your vehicle windshield or sent to the registered vehicle keeper in the post. 

They are sent in the post when your vehicle is identified on camera. The council can ask the DVLA for the registered vehicle keeper’s address to send the parking ticket. 

Note, these aren’t the same as Parking Charge Notices, which are parking fines from private companies operating private car parks. These parking fines should be dealt with differently from what is discussed below. 

How much does a Newcastle Council parking fine cost?

A Newcastle City Council parking fine will cost either £50 or £70 depending on the location and/or seriousness of the parking contravention. However, you can get a 50% discount on the fine if you agree to pay it early.

You have a total of 28 days to pay the fine, but paying it within 14 days will qualify you for the 50% discount. 

If your parking contravention was spotted on camera and you subsequently received the penalty in the post, you have 21 days to pay and receive the 50% discount. This is to account for the slight delay in receiving the Penalty Charge Notice. 

How to pay a Newcastle parking fine

You can pay your Newcastle parking fine online using the council’s official website. You’ll need your vehicle registration number and your Penalty Charge Notice reference to locate your fine and make the payment. 

Your Penalty Charge Notice reference number is usually located on the top of the Notice to Owner, and you can make the payment by visiting this page

You don’t have to pay online if you prefer not to. You can also pay over the phone. 

What happens if you ignore a parking fine (Newcastle)?

You might be wondering whether you can ignore a Newcastle Council parking fine. And the answer is you shouldn’t or things can get worse for you. 

Newcastle Council is likely to issue you with a charge certificate if you haven’t paid or appealed (more on this shortly) within 28 days of the alleged parking contravention. This is a notice that your fine has been increased by 50% and that you have 14 days to pay the higher fine. 

If you don’t pay the newly increased penalty within the additional 14 days, Newcastle Council can ask for an Order of Recovery from the courts. This gives them permission to enforce the debt by using enforcement agents, otherwise known as bailiffs. 

If bailiffs get involved your debt will increase. This is because their fees are passed on to you, starting with a £75 fee for notifying you that they intend to visit your premises to recover the money or seize goods. It’s best to avoid visits from bailiffs.

Can you appeal a Newcastle parking fine?

You do have the right to appeal a Newcastle Council parking fine. Your appeal must be lodged within 28 days of the supposed contravention, otherwise, it can be rejected. The appeal must be made in writing and cannot be done over the phone. 

How do you appeal a Penalty Charge Notice?

A Penalty Charge Notice appeal can also be termed a representation. Your representation must state the reason or reasons why you think the parking ticket should be cancelled. Your reasons may need to be backed up with photo or video evidence. 

Newcastle Council must respond to your appeal within 56 days, but it’s likely they will respond sooner. If they accept your appeal, they will tell you that the parking ticket has been cancelled and you no longer have to pay a fine. 

What if the appeal gets rejected?

The council will write to let you know when an appeal gets rejected. This may be in a letter or by email. If rejected, you’ll be given further time to pay the fine before they take further action as described above. 

However, they will also explain how you can escalate your appeal if you don’t agree with their decision. It’s possible to get a second opinion on your appeal from an independent panel. This panel will have the final say on whether the parking ticket should stand or be cancelled. 

Newcastle parking fine – pay or appeal?

So, should you pay or appeal your Newcastle parking fine? 

The answer depends on individual circumstances. If you feel strongly that you shouldn’t have been issued the fine and have good evidence, you should consider appealing. Otherwise, it may be more beneficial to pay early and take advantage of the 50% discount. 

Some of the best excuses include breaking down or being involved in an emergency situation. Read our guide discussing the best excuses to appeal a parking ticket to help you decide. 

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

Received a private Newcastle parking fine instead?

At the start of our guide, we warned you that a Newcastle Council parking fine wasn’t the same as a Newcastle Parking Charge Notice from private companies. If you’ve received one of these instead, the above information mostly doesn’t apply. 


You can read more about Parking Charge Notices here.

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