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Oldham pay PCN – Should you Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Oldham PCN

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Uncover the important details about an Oldham Council parking fine and what you can do about it. We discuss Oldham PCNs in detail and explain what will happen if you ignore your fine, right here. 

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 an Oldham Council parking fine?

An Oldham Council parking fine is formally known as a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN). PCNs are issued by local councils across the UK to motorists who have parked illegally in council areas, as opposed to parking fines issued for unauthorised parking on private land and in private car parks. 

The fine that Oldham Council issues can range between £50 and £70, depending on the seriousness of the parking contravention and if others were put in danger. This is much less than in London where PCNs can be issued for up to £130.

Other reasons you could be issued with an Oldham PCN

Incorrect parking is not the only reason you can be issued with a PCN by Oldham Council. You can also be served a PCN for some traffic offences. The most common traffic offence that can get you a PCN is driving in a bus lane at times when not permitted. The fine for driving in a bus lane is set at £60 at the time of writing. 

Where are the bus lanes in Oldham?

There are a number of bus lanes to be aware of in Oldham. Some of them can be found on Ashton Rod, Lees Road and Rochdale Road. Use Google Maps to see if there are bus lanes on your planned route, and make sure you avoid using them at unauthorised times to avoid a Penalty Charge Notice of £60. 

How do I pay a Penalty Charge Notice in Oldham?

You can pay your Oldham PCN by sending a cheque in the post or by calling 0161 770 6654. But the quickest and easiest way to pay your PCN from Oldham Council is to use their online payment service found here. You will need your vehicle registration and your PCN number to pay. 

Do I have to pay an Oldham Council parking fine?

You have to pay your Oldham PCN within 28 days or make an appeal within 28 days. Ignoring the PCN will not make it go away. Rather, it will make things worse for you.

If you pay your Oldham PCN within 14 days you will receive a 50% discount on the fine. So a parking fine of £50 would only cost £25 and a bus lane PCN will only cost £25.

What happens if I don’t pay an Oldham PCN?

People who don’t pay or appeal against their Penalty Charge Notice within 28 days will receive a charge certificate, which increases the fine by 50%. This means an initial parking fine of £50 will now cost you £75. You’ll be given 14 additional days to pay in full. 

Failing to pay the higher-rate fine after the extra 14 days will cause the council to ask for a court order against you. This order makes it your responsibility to pay or make payment arrangements quickly. 

Ignoring a court order will usually result in the council employing bailiffs to recover the debt. You’ll be charged expensive bailiff fees during the process. 

Can I appeal an Oldham Council parking fine?

You can appeal against a Penalty Charge Notice if you think the parking fine or bus lane fine is unjust and should be cancelled. Your appeal must be sent to the council within 28 days. If 28 days have already passed since you were served the PCN, you can no longer make an appeal. 

How do you appeal against an Oldham PCN?

Formal PCN appeals are sent to the council. It is a document or letter that outlines the reasons why you believe the PCN should be withdrawn and no fine should be paid. Your arguments are more likely to succeed if you have photographic or video evidence.

For example, stating that a ticket machine may wasn’t working is more believable if you have a photo of it not accepting your payment. 

Further information is listed on the back of an Oldham PCN. 

Sometimes you must make an informal appeal to the council before you can lodge a formal appeal, also called a representation. Informal appeals are only required when someone left the PCN on your car, rather than getting caught on camera. If your informal appeal is denied, you can progress to a representation. 

Oldham – pay PCN or appeal PCN?

You might be wondering whether you should appeal against the PCN or avoid the stresses of the appeals process and just pay. 

You may be more inclined to just pay if you can make the fine 50% cheaper by paying within 14 days. There is no right or wrong answer and the decision should be based on your circumstances and how strong you think your appeal will be.

You should not lie on your appeal.

My Oldham PCN appeal was rejected…

You don’t have to give up on your PCN appeal just because the local authority rejected your arguments. You have the right to escalate the appeal to an independent body. This independent tribunal will assess your claims and make a final decision. 

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.

Free help dealing with parking tickets

More help with your parking tickets and even private parking tickets is available for free on MoneyNerd. We have just posted a bunch of new articles with updated information you can use to fight back against parking fines. 

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