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Stevenage PCN – Should I Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

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Did you get a Stevenage PCN and wonder if the charge notice is enforceable? Chances are you may have to pay. But not before checking the penalty was issued correctly!

Read on to find out when you could appeal a penalty charge notice you get in Stevenage and when you may have to pay it.

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 Stevenage PCN?

PCN is the acronym for penalty charge notice. So, for example, you’d get a Stevenage PCN if you commit a minor parking violation or a minor driving offence. The charge could be issued by the council and other authorities. Or the police may issue it.

Plus, the penalty could be left on your windscreen. Or it could be sent to you in the post. In this case, the registered keeper’s details are accessed via the DVLA.

Stevenage Council works in partnership with Apcoa and East Herts Council to enforce parking restrictions.

Is a Stevenage PCN the same as a Parking Charge Notice?

No. Not at all. Both parking tickets look very similar, but in law, they are miles apart, as explained below:

The confusion stems from both fines having the same acronym. Plus, private operators designed their tickets to look like an official penalty charge notice!

Private operators must take you to court for payment. In short, parking fines on private land are not legally enforceable. Unless a court orders you to pay!

On the other hand, penalty charge notices are legally enforceable because they fall under UK law!

Why would I get a Stevenage PCN?

There are several reasons why you’d be given a Stevenage PCN. The most common being:

  • Parking illegally in a public area. For example, on double yellow lines
  • Driving in a bus lane when it was illegal to do so
  • Committing minor driving offences (enforced by the police)
  • Parking in a disabled bay without a badge
  • Parking in a loading bay
  • Overstaying a permitted time limit in a short-term car park/area

How much is a Stevenage PCN?

You could pay £50+ for a parking violation in Stevenage, and you’d have to pay it within 28 days. But if you pay the fine within 14 days, the amount is far less. You get a 50% reduction when you pay within 2 weeks!

Am I liable for a Stevenage PCN?

If you’re the registered keeper, it falls to you to pay the Stevenage PCN. You’ll be liable even when you may not have been the driver when the fine was issued.

According to Citizens Advice, you should pay the fine if the person who was driving refuses to. Plus, if you wait too long, you’ll lose out on the 50% reduction on the amount you have to pay.

Can I have a Stevenage PCN cancelled?

Unlikely, but there are some reasons why you could have a Stevenage PCN cancelled. These are:

  • Your vehicle was stolen
  • You only recently purchased the vehicle, and the fine was issued before you bought it. Therefore, the PCN should go to the previous owner
  • You just sold the vehicle, and therefore, the PCN should be sent to the new owner

You must provide proof when you challenge a Stevenage PCN. Without evidence, your appeal could be overturned.

My Stevenage PCN appeal was rejected. What happens next?

You can take the matter further if a Stevenage PCN appeal is rejected. The notice you receive from the council explains how to escalate the appeal.

In short, you can escalate the appeal by taking the matter through a formal appeal process. The council must provide information on how to do this. Plus, it costs nothing to make a follow-up appeal to a tribunal.

My advice? File an appeal against a Stevenage PCN early so you get to pay the reduced rate should your appeal be rejected!

Will I have to pay a Stevenage PCN?

I suggest you make sure the PCN was correctly issued and that the details on the charge are correct. That said, if the fine was issued correctly, you’d have to pay the PCN within 28 days.

But, as mentioned, you get a 50% reduction if you pay within 14 days!

You must provide the following info when you pay the fine online:

Alternatively, you could pay the fine over the phone with a credit/debit card on 03300 883 862. Plus, you can pay a Stevenage PCN by post using the following address:

The Parking Office

East Herts

PO Box 1186

Uxbridge UB8 9DZ

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

You’d face further action if you don’t file a Stevenage PCN appeal or pay the fine within 28 days. First, you’ll get a Charge Certificate. It means your fine has just gone up by 50%!

When you don’t pay the increased fine within 14 days, a court order is issued against you. In short, the PCN is now registered as a debt you are liable for. If you continue to ignore things, debt enforcement agents (bailiffs) could turn up at your door!

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

Lastly, should I pay or appeal a Stevenage PCN?

You have the right to challenge the fine when you believe a Stevenage PCN was incorrectly issued. But you must provide evidence to support the appeal.

However, if the PCN is correctly issued and you deserve the fine, I recommend you pay the fine within 2 weeks. It means you pay the reduced amount!

The one thing not to do when you get a Stevenage PCN is pretend it’ll go away. Never ignore a penalty charge notice because the original fine gets much more expensive!

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