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Southwark PCN – Should you Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Southwark PCN

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Should you pay a Southwark PCN? This is the main question we will be answering in this guide, while also considering your legal rights to challenge a Southwark Council PCN. If you recently received a council parking fine, you’re going to 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 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 Southwark Council PCN?

Penalty Charge Notices are fines that can be issued by local authorities and some transport groups. Therefore, a Southwark PCN is a fine issued by Southwark Council. 

Most of the time, these fines are served because of parking contraventions. They can also be served by councils for some traffic offences, and by transport groups when road tolls have not been paid by a deadline. 

A Southwark Council parking fine might be given to you in the street or left on your windscreen by a council parking officer. But if the offence is caught on camera, the council will get your address from the DVLA and send the fine in the post. 

How much is a Southwark parking fine?

Southwark PCNs will cost the alleged motorist either £80 or £130 for lesser and major parking contraventions, respectively. This is the standard parking fine charge in the London area. If you pay the PCN within 14 days you’ll only have to pay a 50% reduced fine, meaning you could end up paying as little as £40. 

How long do you get to pay a Southwark PCN?

You get 28 days to make a full payment towards the fine. But as mentioned, paying quicker can secure you a reduced fine and help you save some money. 

Do you have to pay a Southwark parking fine?

You must pay or appeal a Southwark PCN within 28 days. Whatever you do, don’t do nothing. Not responding to a Southwark parking fine in any way will make your situation worse and cause the fine to grow. 

We explain this in detail below. Keep reading to uncover the dangers of not paying a PCN. 

What happens when you don’t pay a Southwark PCN?

Southwark Council will send a charge certificate if you don’t pay the fine within 28 days. This charge certificate instantly increases the fine by 50%, so you’ll now owe them either £120 or £195. You have 14 days to pay your fine. 

When a charge certificate is ignored and no payment is made, the council can take court action. They can ask a judge to issue you with a court order to pay the debt. Ignoring a court order to pay will result in the use of bailiffs, bailiff fees and possibly having your valuables seized. This situation is best avoided. 

How do I pay my Southwark parking fine?

Southwark Council accepts PCN payment online using a payment portal on their website. You can also pay by calling an automated payment hotline which is open 24/7. Or you can pay by sending a cheque in the post. Read more about the ways to pay here

When you do go to make the payment, you’ll need to know your PCN reference number. This is a reference that identifies your parking ticket and starts with two letters. It can be found on your PCN at the top of the notice. 

If you have lost your PCN and therefore your PCN number, you will need to contact Southwark Council for a replacement or a code that allows you to pay. 

How do I contact Southwark parking?

To contact Southwark Council about a Penalty Charge Notice, you should call 0344 800 2736. Lines are open on weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm.

Can you challenge a Southwark Council parking fine?

You can challenge any council parking fine you believe is unjust. Your PCN appeal must be made to the council within 28 days of receiving the fine. If you have missed this deadline, you can still appeal but the council doesn’t have to accept your appeal and probably won’t.

If the parking ticket was left on your car, you have to make an informal appeal before you make a representation (formal appeal). You can subsequently make a representation if the informal appeal is rejected. 

How do I challenge a PCN in Southwark?

A PCN challenge involves a statement or letter stating the reason or reasons you want the PCN cancelled. There are many reasons you could use when applicable, such as:

  1. The ticket machine did not work
  2. You entered a vehicle registration digit incorrectly on a parking machine (but did pay!) 
  3. You were involved in an emergency situation and couldn’t return to your car
  4. The PCN was served to you too late

Your arguments are more likely to be accepted and the PCN cancelled if you provide evidence. This might be a photo, video or a statement from a member of the public. 

Southwark PCN – pay or appeal?

You have a big decision to make after receiving a Southwark PCN. Do you pay the fine or should you appeal it? Some people prefer to just pay because doing so quickly will only mean paying a reduced fine, which for a lot of motorists is £40.

However, the adamant amongst us may still want to challenge the PCN, especially if they are certain that the PCN is unjust. Always ask how strong your arguments and evidence are before deciding to appeal.

The good news is if Southwark Council rejects the representation, you can escalate it to an independent tribunal for a final decision. 

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.

How to deal with a private Southwark fine?

Dealing with a private parking fine is a different kettle of fish. These fines are not initially legally enforceable and you can approach them in a different way. Read more on how to deal with private parking fines with us at MoneyNerd. 

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