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Parking Tickets Portsmouth – Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Portsmouth PCN

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Should you pay parking tickets in Portsmouth? The answer to this question depends on the type of Portsmouth parking ticket you have received. Learn more about your options right now. Time might be running out to save money or make an 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 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.

Parking tickets Portsmouth

Parking tickets in Portsmouth can be from the local authority or a private landowner. They are not the same and shouldn’t be dealt with in the same way. We quickly explain the two types of Portsmouth parking tickets before looking at whether you need to pay them. 

Portsmouth City Council parking fine

A Portsmouth City Council parking fine is also known as a Portsmouth Penalty Charge Notice or the shortened Portsmouth PCN. It is a fine from the local authority for a parking contravention on council land, such as on a busy high street or in a residential area. 

Private Portsmouth parking ticket

A private Portsmouth parking ticket can be issued by a company that owns a private car park that you need to pay to park in. They might just be private car parks, or they could be car parks attached to business premises, hospitals and supermarkets.  

These parking tickets are officially known as Parking Charge Notices. We’ve discussed them in further detail in this post

Do you have to pay a Portsmouth parking fine?

You must pay a Portsmouth Council parking fine within 28 days unless you’re appealing against it. In which case, you must make your appeal within 28 days and no later. 

Private Portsmouth parking fines are not enforceable and technically don’t have to be paid until you have been taken to court by the car park company. But you can pay earlier to avoid the potential of further action if prefered. This is because they are not real fines. You can think of private car park fines as an invoice from the company rather than a fine. 

What happens if you don’t pay a Portsmouth City Council parking fine?

Your fine will be increased by 50% of its original value when you don’t pay the Portsmouth City Council parking fine within 28 days. This is actioned through something called a charge certificate, which will be sent to you in the post. You get an additional two weeks to clear the increased fine. 

If you fail to pay within 14 days after a charge certificate has been sent, things can get worse and more expensive. Portsmouth Council can ask a judge to order you to pay. If this happens and you still don’t pay, the council can ask a bailiff company to go to your home and recover what is now considered a debt. This will mean having to pay the bailiff charges as well!

If you’re not paying because of financial difficulty, it’s important to let the council know and see if they can make an affordable payment plan with you. 

How to pay a Portsmouth PCN

There are lots of ways to pay your Portsmouth PCN, including by cash, cheque and over the phone. Arguably the easiest way to pay is online with a debit or credit card. An online payment method is available on the council’s website. 

You’ll need your PCN number to make the payment no matter what method you choose. If you’ve lost your PCN number, you’ll need to make contact with the council for further instructions. 

Can you appeal a Portsmouth parking ticket?

You can appeal a Portsmouth Penalty Charge Notice or a private parking fine from a Portsmouth company. You’ll be given a short timescale to lodge your appeal before losing the right to make your arguments against the parking ticket. 

How do you appeal a Portsmouth parking fine?

To appeal a Penalty Charge Notice from Portsmouth Council, you need to submit a statement or letter explaining why you want the parking ticket cancelled. You’ll need to have a good excuse, and you may need evidence to prove your claims. This must be submitted within 28 days. After 28 days you cannot challenge a PCN anymore. 

A company that issued a parking fine should provide instructions on how to appeal. It’s likely you’ll need to send a letter similar to the above. And there will be a deadline to make your appeal. The specifics can differ between private car park operators. 

Parking tickets Portsmouth – appeal or pay?

One of the best reasons to pay instead of appeal your Portsmouth PCN is because the council provides a 50% fine reduction if you pay within 14 days. This could save you a lot of money. But the reduced fine won’t be available to you after making an appeal.

However, if you believe your appeal is strong then you may want to go ahead with the PCN challenge instead. The decision needs to be a personal one based on the facts around your parking contravention and personal preferences. 

Portsmouth parking ticket appeal rejected!

Don’t worry too much if any parking ticket appeal has been rejected. You’re allowed to escalate both council and private parking ticket appeals if the local authority or company has initially rejected the challenge. 

The appeal will next be looked at by an independent tribunal. The specifics of the process should be communicated to you. You still might not have to pay – fingers crossed! 

How long do councils have to send PCNs?

There are many good excuses to successfully appeal a PCN. But one excuse that few people know about is receiving the PCN too late. So how long do councils have to serve you with the parking fine? Find out on our PCN timescales post

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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