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Redbridge PCN – Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Redbridge PCN

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Whether you were a local or just passing through, you might have received a Redbridge PCN. This is a type of parking ticket from the local council, but do you really have to pay? We answer this question and look at your other options after receiving a Redbridge 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 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 a Redbridge PCN?

A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) is the official name for a fine handed out by local councils, most often for parking contraventions. But a local authority can also issue motorists with a PCN if they have committed some traffic offences, such as using a bus lane during hours they are not allowed. 

Therefore, a Redbridge PCN is a fine from Redbridge Council, most often for parking offences but not always. The cost of the fine can range from £80 to £130. It’s not the same as a parking ticket from a private car park in the Redbridge area, which is called a Parking Charge Notices and isn’t a real fine

Do you have to pay a Redbridge parking fine?

You have to pay a Redbridge parking fine from the council within 28 days. Otherwise, you must challenge the Penalty Charge Notice within the same timeframe. You should never ignore PCN or things can get worse. 

What happens if you don’t pay a PCN (UK)?

If you don’t pay a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) in the UK, the local authority will send a charge certificate that increased your fine by 50%. So if the original fine was £80 you would now owe the council £120. This new fine has to be paid within 14 days of receiving the charge certificate. 

Failing to pay the new fine within 14 days will result in the council asking for a court order against you. The order makes you legally responsible to pay the fine. Ignoring a court order can lead to debt enforcement action, such as the use of private bailiffs. If bailiffs are used, you’ll also be hit with expensive bailiff charges. 

How do I pay a Redbridge PCN?

You can pay a Redbridge PCN online using the council’s website. You will need your vehicle registration number and your PCN reference number to identify your fine before making an online payment. The PCN reference number can be found at the top of your Redbridge parking ticket next to “Notice No”. 

Click this link to visit the Redbridge Council PCN payment portal. 

Get a 50% discount on your Redbridge parking ticket

Redbridge Council like most other local authorities rewards motorists for paying their parking ticket quickly. You will receive a 50% discount on your parking fine if you pay within the first 14 days. This means most motorists who pay quickly will save at least £40 and maybe more. 

How do I contact Redbridge Council?

You can discuss your parking ticket with Redbridge Council on 020 8708 5000 between 8 am and 6 pm on weekdays. Alternatively, you can use the council’s online contact form. Because parking tickets are time-sensitive, it’s usually best to call and get instant answers to your queries. 

Can you challenge a Penalty Charge Notice?

You can challenge your Penalty Charge Notice to try and get it cancelled, but you must make your appeal within 28 days. You cannot challenge a PCN after 28 days. 

How do I challenge PCN Redbridge?

To challenge a Redbridge PCN, you have to make a formal statement of why you think the PCN should be withdrawn and attach any evidence to support your claims. This is officially known as a representation and must be lodged within 28 days of receiving the PCN. 

For example, if you argue that you could not pay because the ticket machine was out of order, you should state this and supply a photo or video of the ticket machine not working at the time if possible. 

MoneyNerd is making it easier for Redbridge motorists to appeal against their parking fine. You can download our appeal PCN letter for free right now. Simply add your own details and arguments and send it off. 

A formal representation is always required if you received your PCN in the post, but those who receive their PCN on their vehicle have to make an informal appeal first. Informal appeal rejections can be escalated to representations. 

Redbridge PCN – appeal or pay?

There is no single and correct answer when deciding whether to appeal or just pay your Redbridge parking fine. Some people want to take advantage of the 50% reduction and avoid the whole appeals process. Whereas other people are sure their parking ticket is wrong and want to appeal.

It all depends on the circumstances surrounding what led to your fine, what evidence you have and your personal preferences. There’s no right or wrong answer for everyone. 

Redbridge parking fine appeal rejected – now what?

If Redbridge Council has rejected your PCN appeal, this doesn’t have to be the end of your parking ticket challenge. You have the legal right to escalate your appeal to an independent tribunal for a final decision. All escalated Redbridge PCN appeals will be handled by London Tribunals. 

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 more help fighting a Redbridge parking fine

Here at MoneyNerd, you can learn more tips and tricks to appeal against council parking tickets, including how long the council have to send you the PCN before they cannot ask for payment. Get all the help you need when battling parking tickets for free with us! 

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