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Nottingham City Council Parking Fines – Pay or Appeal? 2022

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Should you pay or appeal after receiving a Nottingham City Council Parking Fine? This is something you may be questioning after discovering a PCN on your car or having one turn up on your doorstep. But what is a PCN? Can you have the amount of the parking fine reduced, or should you appeal?

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 PCN?

Nottingham City Council parking fine is also known as a PCN. PCN stands for Penalty Charge Notice. The council serve the PCN under the Traffic Management Act 2004. There are two levels of charges the council can issue under this legislation:

  • £70 charge, reduced to £35 when paid within 14 days
  • £50 charge, reduced to £25 if paid within 14 days

The charge you have received will depend on the contravention type. The contravention types include:

  • Parking on single or double yellow lines
  • Failing to display a parking permit
  • Parking without paying
  • Driving in a bus lane

Pay a PCN Early to Have the Fine Reduced

Paying the parking fine early will reduce the cost of the fine by 50%. You have 14 days from the date of service of the PCN to benefit from this saving. If you wish to appeal, you should not make any payment. Once payment is taken it’s not possible to appeal, even if you have evidence to prove why you shouldn’t have received the fine or have a good reason for the parking or driving offence.

How to Pay the Nottingham City Council Parking Fine Online

Nottingham Council offers several ways to pay. You can use the online payment system using a debit or credit card. The process takes around 5 minutes to complete. You need to have the PCN number, which starts with the letters NG. You also need your payment card to hand.

You can view details surrounding your parking fine once you log in to the payment system. You may view footage, photographs and written information that explain why you were given the fine.

Other Ways to Pay Nottingham City PCN

There are a couple of other options available to you if you’re uncomfortable using the online payment service.

Pay By Cheque

Make the cheque payable to Nottingham City Council and post it to:

Parking Regulation and Compliance, PO Box 10169, Nottingham, NG1 9HS. Be sure to include the PCN number that starts with the letters NG.

Pay By Phone

Alternatively, make a payment via the automated payment phone line by calling 0800 052 0173. Follow the prompts to enter the PCN number. This is an automated line, and you won’t have the opportunity to speak to someone about the fine.

Should I Appeal My Parking Fine?

You can put in a challenge and appeal a PCN. Once you put in a challenge or appeal the fine is put on hold until the evaluation is completed. The fine won’t increase during this period. Be sure to check out the details of your PCN before putting in an appeal

You’ll need to be able to provide a solid reason and evidence to prove why the fine should be cancelled. The details of the fine can be located by visiting the Nottingham Parking Ticket Viewer.

The reasons for the different contraventions vary. You can learn more about these by visiting the Parking Contraventions FAQ page on the Nottingham City Council website. The reasons to appeal will depend on the individual circumstances, such as:

  • A medical emergency
  • The cloning of a vehicle
  • Broken down vehicle

Use documents and images to support your appeal. This may require sending documents such as:

  • Photographs of the parking ticket machine
  • a letter from a doctor or emergency service
  • A letter from a breakdown recovery service provider and an invoice from a garage

I highly recommend checking out the contraventions FAQ page before you challenge or appeal. You can find a breakdown for each different type of contravention and what might be accepted as a reason to appeal.

Appeal In Writing

Appeals to Nottingham City Council are not accepted over the phone. You can use my free PCN appeal letter template and send your appeal to the address below:

Parking Regulation and Compliance, PO Box 10169, Nottingham, NG1 9HS.

You can also email your appeal to parkingappeals@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

It’s important to include the registration number of your vehicle and PCN number in all communication.

Appeal Online

There is an online appeal option available if you prefer. Again, you’ll need to have your PCN number and vehicle registration number along with your contact details.

What Happens if I Don’t Pay my Parking Fine?

Nottingham City Council gives you 28 days to pay the fine before taking further action. After 28 days you may be issued a Notice to Owner. If you fail to contact or pay the council within 28 days of receiving the NtO the council issue a Charge Certificate.

The fine is increased by 50% once a Charge Certificate is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle. Depending on the type of PCN issued, you have 14 or 21 further days to make payment. If no payment is made the council register the charge as a debt and an enforcement agent (bailiff) may be used.

The use of enforcement agents increases the cost of the fine and a small fine can increase quite quickly. If you don’t wish to appeal but are having problems paying the fine, I recommend you contact the council as soon as possible to explain your circumstances. They may have options available to you which will prevent the fine from escalating.

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.

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Should You Pay or Appeal?

The decision to pay or appeal a Nottingham City Council parking fine depends on the circumstances surrounding the fine. Do you have a good reason and evidence to support your appeal? Would you be better off paying early to reduce the cost of the fine? Please take a minute to refer to the suggested articles below if you’re still unsure.

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