PCN Leicester – Should I Pay or Appeal? 2022

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Do you need to pay a PCN Leicester or can you get away with ignoring these fines? 

We put Penalty Charge Notices from Leicester City Council under the microscope and explain what you can do to fight back. You’ll want to hear this! 

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 fine?

A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) is a type of fine issued by local councils and transport authorities, usually for parking contraventions, minor driving offences or failing to pay road tolls. 

A PCN might also refer to a Parking Charge Notice, which is a parking fine from a private car park operator. Parking Charge Notices aren’t considered real penalties and have been made to sound like Penalty Charge Notices to confuse motorists. 

Throughout this guide, we’ll only use PCN to refer to council parking fines. 

What is a PCN Leicester?

A PCN Leicester is a Penalty Charge Notice issued by Leicester City Council. They can be left on your vehicle by a council enforcement officer or they can be sent to the registered vehicle owner (as per DVLA records) in the post. 

The latter usually happens when the supposed offence is caught on camera. 

Leicester City Council will issue these council fines for parking contraventions on public land (e.g not paying or overstaying) or for minor driving offences, such as using a bus lane when not allowed. They are mostly issued as parking fines. 

Moreover, there is now a “red route” in Leicester that prevents any vehicle from stopping to solve congestion issues. You will be served a PCN for stopping on the red route as well. 

How much does a Leicester PCN cost?

A PCN from Leicester City Council costs £50 or £70. There is a lower and higher fine amount depending on the seriousness of the contravention. The fine will be reduced by 50% if you pay within the first 14 days. This means your fine could be from £25 to £35 with the discount. 

Can a PCN be issued after 14 days?

A PCN should be sent to the vehicle owner within 28 days of the incident, but this timeframe can be extended if the DVLA are slow to respond and provide the vehicle owner’s address.

A Fixed Penalty Notice from the police requires the police force to send the vehicle owner a Notice of Intended Prosecution within 14 days, but this is a different topic altogether.  

How to pay a PCN Leicester

You can pay a Leicester PCN online or over the phone. To pay online, visit Leicester City Council’s official website. And to pay over the phone you need to call their automated payment line on 0116 454 1012 and then select option five. 

You can only make a payment the day after the parking contravention. This is because the fine won’t be recorded in their system until then. To pay you will need your PCN reference number, which should be stated at the top of your PCN. 

Lost your Leicester PCN number?

If you’ve lost your PCN reference number and therefore cannot pay, it’s important to contact Leicester City Council. They’ll provide further instructions on how to pay. 

What happens if you don’t pay a PCN Leicester?

You shouldn’t ignore a Penalty Charge Notice from Leicester Council. This becomes clear when you hear what will happen if you do.

When you miss the 28-day deadline to pay, they will issue you a charge certificate. This is a notification that the payment deadline was missed, and consequently, your fine has been increased. The fine increases by 50%, so a £50 fine becomes £75 and a £70 fine becomes £105. 

You must then pay the fine within 14 days. If you’ve let the situation escalate this far, it’s wise to make the payment in time. Or things can get a lot more serious and expensive. 

Missing the 14-day deadline to pay the increased fine will result in Leicester Council asking for a court order to recover the debt. This will give them permission to employ enforcement officers. These officers, also known as bailiffs, will seek to recover full payment or take possessions to be sold and clear the debt. 

Bailiffs charge expensive fees, beginning with a £75 fee for sending you the first letter. You want to avoid having to deal with bailiffs to prevent your debt from escalating. If you’re struggling to pay your initial fine, speak with the council about payment plans instead of hoping it will go away – it won’t.

Can you appeal a Leicester PCN?

You are allowed to appeal a Leicester Council PCN as long as the appeal is made within 28 days of the incident. Making an appeal within 14 days could allow you to still qualify for the discounted fine if the appeal is later rejected. 

Any appeal made after 28 days doesn’t have to be accepted by Leicester Council and probably won’t be without a good reason for the delay. 

PCN Leicester appeal process

You can use the same online portal to pay the PCN to challenge it, which is found here. Your appeal should state the reason that you think the parking fine is unjust and it may require evidence to back up your reasoning. 

If accepted, the PCN will be cancelled and you won’t need to pay. And if rejected, you can:

  1. Pay the fine 
  2. Escalate the appeal to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal

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.


PCN Leicester – pay or appeal?

Only consider appealing the PCN if you have good reason and sufficient evidence. Otherwise, it may be better to pay within 14 days and save some money on the fine. 

How do I report illegal parking in Leicester?

You can report illegal parking in Leicester by calling the council on 0116 454 6300. If you suspect the vehicle has been abandoned or something is suspicious, you should instead call Leicester Police.