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Southampton Parking Fine – Should I Pay or Ignore? 2022

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Can you ignore a Southampton parking fine, or do you have to pay? Below we’ve answered this question and other common questions about Penalty Charge Notices from Southampton City Council. Let’s uncover the facts. 

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 Southampton parking fine?

A Southampton parking fine is a fine issued to a driver for an alleged parking contravention within the Southampton Council catchment area

If you have been identified as parking on public land without paying or as parking incorrectly on public land, you can be issued a parking fine from the local council. The formal name for these fines is a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN)

Your parking contravention could be seen by a Council Enforcement Officer (CEO) and then placed on your windscreen. Or your contravention could be spotted on a camera and the PCN is then sent to the vehicle owner in the post. They get the vehicle owner’s address from the DVLA.  

How much is a council parking fine (Southampton)?

The cost of a Southampton City Council parking fine can differ depending on the nature of the parking contravention and possibly by location within Southampton. You should expect to be fined between £50 and £80 in most cases. 

However, all parking fines are reduced by 50% when the driver pays the fine within the first 14 days. This means your parking fine can be cut in half just by agreeing to pay swiftly. 

How to pay a Southampton parking fine

If you want to pay your Southampton parking fine, you must do so within 28 days. Although as explained above, it’s wise to pay within 14 days to take advantage of the reduced fine amount and save money. 

You can pay a Southampton Council parking fine in three different ways, namely:

  1. Online via the Southampton Council website
  2. By calling their automated payment line on 023 8083 3001
  3. By cheque made out to Southampton Council

Cheques can be sent in the post or they can be hand-delivered. The address to take your cheque and further details about paying a Southampton Penalty Charge Notice can be read here

What happens if you don’t pay the Southampton parking fine?

Failing to pay a Southampton parking fine within 28 days will result in further action unless you’ve appealed the fine, which we will discuss later in this guide. 

The first action the council will take is to send a charge certificate. This is a notice that you’ve missed the deadline to pay or appeal, and as a result, your fine has been increased by 50%. For example, an original £80 fine will have been increased to £120.

You’re given 14 days to pay the bigger fine. If you don’t pay, Southampton Council will ask for a court order to enforce the debt. This will open the door for them to use enforcement agents to collect the money, which you might know as bailiffs. 

A bailiff can come to your home to request payment or attempt to seize goods for sale. Your possessions could be sold to clear the debt. It’s also worth pointing out that bailiffs charge very expensive fees, starting at £75 just for making the first contact by letter. These fees get added to your debt and can make you owe considerably more. 

Southampton parking fine – pay or ignore?

So, should you pay a Southampton parking fine or can you ignore it? After reading the information just above, it becomes obvious that you shouldn’t ignore a Southampton Council Penalty Charge Notice. Doing so will only make you owe more in the long run.

If you’re struggling to pay your PCN within the 28-day deadline, reach out to the council and let them know you’re struggling. By starting a conversation they may be open to accepting a payment plan to prevent financial hardship and debt enforcement action. 

Moreover, not ignoring the fine doesn’t necessarily mean paying it. There could be another option to deal with the parking ticket…

Can you appeal a Southampton parking fine?

You can appeal a Penalty Charge Notice from Southampton City Council within 28 days. If 28 days have passed since the alleged contravention, you’ll no longer be able to appeal and you should expect to receive a charge certificate.

You shouldn’t pay the fine and then try to appeal. Once you pay the fine you accept guilt and therefore an appeal isn’t accepted. 

If you plan on appealing, it’s worth doing so within the first 14 days. This is because the council will continue to offer you a discounted fine if the appeal is rejected and you have to pay. 

How to appeal a Southampton parking fine

You can appeal a Southampton parking fine online via the council’s website. You’ll need to state why you think the ticket should be cancelled and possibly provide evidence. 

When you challenge the PCN, you’ll be able to see what evidence the council holds against you, such as photos. 

It can take up to 10 weeks to get a response to your appeal. If it’s accepted you won’t have to pay. 

Is there a grace period for parking tickets (UK)?

You should be given a 5-10 minute grace period to get to your car and leave your car spot. This applies to private car parks and public car parking spots, as stated by Citizens Advice 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.

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What if the PCN appeal gets rejected?

If your Southampton Council parking fine appeal gets rejected, you will have to pay or escalate the fine. If you appealed within the first 14 days, you’ll still have a chance to pay the discounted rate.

Escalated appeals are sent to an independent panel which makes the final decision. This process is free but if you lose this second appeal you’ll have to pay the full fine. 

Did you receive a private Southampton parking fine instead?

You might have received a Parking Charge Notice from a private car park operator instead. These shouldn’t be viewed or tackled in the same way as council parking tickets. Learn more by reading our private parking fine guide.

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In many circumstances council fines 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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