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Reading PCN – Should I Pay or Appeal? 2022

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After receiving a Reading PCN you’re probably questioning whether you should pay or appeal the parking ticket. In this article, I share the options you have open to you. Read on to find out if you should pay or appeal the parking fine. You will also find out what could happen if you decide to ignore the Reading PCN.

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 Reading PCN?

A Reading PCN is a parking ticket that’s issued by Reading Borough Council. PCN stands for Penalty Charge Notice. The PCN is either left on your vehicle or sent through the mail if you park illegally on land owned by the council. The council-owned land includes the high street or residential roads.

In addition to illegal parking, you may receive a Reading Borough Council PCN for the following parking offences:

  • Parking without paying at the meter
  • Parking your car beyond the boundaries of the parking bay
  • Parking in a Blue Badge Bay without having a Blue Badge

Additionally, Reading Borough Council can issue a PCN if you commit moving traffic offences. An example of this is if you drive your car into a bus lane.

Is a PCN the Same as a Private Parking Fine?

Reading Council PCN can use legal action and enforcement. Therefore, the council can use bailiffs to enforce the debt. A private parking fine is different from a council-issued Penalty Charge Notice. A private parking fine, or Parking Charge Notice, isn’t immediately enforceable. However, the parking company could choose to take you to a small claims court if you don’t pay the fine.

Who To Contact About a Reading PCN?

If you discovered a PCN attached to the window of your car or received one in the post, you can get in touch with Reading Council using the following contact details:

Telephone: 0343 357 1177

Address: Reading Borough Council, PO Box 3011, Reading, RG1 9RY

Website: https://parking.reading.gov.uk/

More information about the charge is available on their website. Simply enter your vehicle registration number and PCN. You will see details about the contravention and put in a challenge or representation at this time.

How to Pay Reading Council PCN

You can have the cost of the fine reduced by 50% by making the payment within 14 days of the date on the PCN from Reading Council. Paying the fine can be completed quickly online. If you need assistance or have lost your PCN number call 0343 357 1177 for assistance.

If you’re unable to pay within 14 days, you will need to pay the full amount of the fine. You have 28 days to make payment before the council increase the fine.

Can I Put in a Reading Borough Council PCN Appeal?

You have the right to challenge the Reading PCN and appeal the fine. You must appeal within 28 days of the Penalty Charge Notice. Check the date on the notice you have received. The appeal could result in the cancellation of the fine.

Appeal if you don’t agree with the ticket that was issued by the council. Visit the website for Reading Council PCN and put in your challenge. The council will have their own methods of appealing, be sure to read through the information carefully. Alternatively, call Reading council on 0343 357 1177 to discuss the appeal process Reading has in place.

In most cases, a written appeal is necessary. Please feel free to download and use the free PCN appeal letter I have available. Use any evidence to support your claims, such as photographs and receipts.

Reading PCN Appeal Unsuccessful

If the council reject the appeal, you do have the option to take it further using London Tribunals. The London Tribunals will evaluate the information you send supporting your appeal against the PCN. London Tribunals will make a final decision on the appeal using the information presented to them.

Should You Pay or Appeal a Reading Council PCN?

Whether you pay or appeal is down to your personal circumstances.

If you agree with the penalty charge paying the fine within 14 days is a sensible choice. 50% of the fine is removed if you can make the payment within 14 days. This will save you money and the PCN will be cleared. If you are unable to pay within 14 days, you’ll need to pay the initial fine off in full in 28 days. Failing to pay within 28 days will result in the original cost of the fine being increased by 50%.

If you strongly disagree with the fine and have evidence to support an appeal, you may wish to appeal the ticket. You must appeal within 28 days of the date the fine was issued. Failing to appeal in this time frame will make appealing impossible.

Can You Ignore a Reading PCN?

Ignoring a PCN can cost you more money. I do not recommend ignoring the PCN as Reading council will increase the amount of the fine by 50%. If the charge is increased, you have 14 days extra to pay off the new amount.

Reading Borough Council can request a court order if you continue to ignore the PCN. A court order results in the fine becoming your legal responsibility. The fine can then become enforceable, and the council could request bailiffs to come and enforce the debt you owe.

Failing to pay the PCN from Reading Borough Council or ignoring the ticket is not advisable. The fine will not disappear, the amount you owe will increase and legal action can be taken against you.

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.

GET STARTED

Can’t Afford to Pay Reading Council PCN

If you are struggling to pay the Penalty Notice Charge within the time limit, I recommend contacting Reading Borough Council directly. Explain your circumstances and the council will discuss the options you have available to you.

Do you still have questions about your PCN? I have more information available to help you decide whether to appeal or pay for the ticket.

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