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Newham PCN – Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Newham PCN

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What should you do after receiving a Newham PCN? This guide is for any motorist wanting to know all their options after receiving a Newham Council parking ticket. 

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 Newham PCN?

A Newham PCN is a Penalty Charge Notice that has been issued by Newham Council to a motorist. If you have received a Newham PCN, it will be because the council believes you have:

  1. Parked illegally
  2. Committed a local driving offence, such as driving in a bus lane

Penalty Charge Notices can also be served for not paying road tolls, such as the Dartford Crossing or the London Congestion Charge. But these are not issued by a local authority and are instead sent by transport groups like Transport for London.

When Newham Council issued a PCN, they will do so directly with parking wardens or they will send it in the post if your offence was caught on camera. The cost of the ticket ranges from £80 to £130 for parking offences. 

Is a Penalty Charge Notice a Fixed Penalty?

A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) from a council is not the same as a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN), which are usually issued by the police. Whereas not paying a PCN can result in civil consequences, not paying an FPN can result in criminal prosecution. 

This doesn’t mean the consequences of not paying a PCN should be scoffed at. Read on…

What happens if you don’t pay a Newham parking fine?

Not paying your Newham parking fine within 28 days will result in the fine being increased and possibly a court order. The council sends a charge certificate after the 28-day deadline, which increases your fine by 50%. You then get 14 more days to pay the bigger fine. 

If you were to ignore the charge certificate, Newham Council can ask for a court order to make you pay. Motorists who ignore a court order will face debt enforcement action, including the use of bailiffs. 

These bailiffs can request money, charge additional (expensive) fees and may even repossess your valuable assets. 

How do you pay a Newham PCN?

You can pay a Newham parking fine on the phone, by cheque or online. The easiest way to pay is online on the council’s website. You’ll need your PCN number to make the payment. 

Paying your Newham PCN within a shorter period allows you to access a reduced fine. You will be able to save 50% of the fine by paying within 14 days – or 21 days if your PCN was sent in the post. This means you could save at least £40. 

Can you challenge a Newham parking fine?

You are allowed to challenge a Newham PCN within the 28 day period you get to pay the fine. The process of appealing a Newham parking fine can be complex and is initially determined by how you received your PCN.

Newham PCN appeal process explained

Most people appeal a PCN by making a formal appeal, also called a representation. This is a letter stating exactly why you think the PCN should be withdrawn and no fine is owed. And it should be accompanied by strong evidence when possible, such as a video or photo. 

However, if your Newham PCN was left for you on your vehicle or handed to you in person, you cannot make a formal appeal first. You must instead make an informal appeal by getting in touch with the council. The good news is that informal appeal rejections can be escalated to formal appeals. 

Where is the web code on a PCN Newham?

During the formal appeal process, you have the right to view evidence held by the council. Your PCN web code is also written on your PCN and can be used to view a photo or video of the supposed offence. This can be done directly on the Newham Council website. 

How do you write a penalty appeal letter?

Your PCN appeal letter should start with the important details to identify you and your PCN, such as your car registration plate number and your PCN number, which is found at the top of your PCN. The letter should then provide a full explanation and arguments against the PCN.

We get that it can be difficult to write an appeal letter, so we have done it for you. Download our free PCN appeal letter template to make an easier start to your appeal. 

Newham PCN – appeal or pay?

There is no blanket answer to tell all motorists whether they should pay or appeal their Newham PCN. The decision should come down to your own judgments and feelings. Start by asking yourself whether you’re confident the PCN will be overturned and if you have enough evidence. If the answer is yes, then there may be no reason not to appeal.

Others may want to avoid the process and take advantage of the reduced fine by paying within 14 days. There is no right or wrong answer and you should do what’s best for you. Whatever you do, don’t completely ignore the parking ticket. 

Newham PCN appeal rejected – help!

When a Newham PCN appeal is rejected, you are allowed to escalate the appeal to an independent body. All Newham PCN appeals must be escalated to the London Tribunals, which will independently assess your arguments and have the final say. 

Note: you can also appeal a court order asking you to pay if you think the council hasn’t followed the correct process. 

How do I contact Newham Council?

You can call Newham Council on 020 8430 2000

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.

Got another parking ticket question?

Direct any other parking ticket questions to us. We’re publishing lots of new guides to discuss parking tickets and to answer the web’s most asked parking questions. Read these guides on MoneyNerd for free today! 

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