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Tower Hamlets PCN – Should you Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Tower Hamlets PCN

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Have you received a Tower Hamlets PCN? Not sure what it is and if you have to pay? You’re not alone. Lots of motorists receive a PCN from Tower Hamlets Council and don’t know what they should do next. We provide clarity on the process and your options 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.

Tower Hamlets parking fines explained

Tower Hamlets Council can issue parking fines to anyone they believe is guilty of a parking contravention within its area. A parking fine that is issued by a council is officially called a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN)

A Tower Hamlets parking warden might have left a PCN on your vehicle. Or you could be sent the PCN in the post if you were caught on camera. 

The parking fine from Tower Hamlets can range from £80 to £130, depending on the seriousness of the parking contravention and its location. This is the standard fine in London council areas. 

Do I have to pay my Tower Hamlets PCN?

You must pay or appeal against your Tower Hamlets PCN within 28 days. If you don’t pay or appeal against the PCN within 28 days, the fine can grow bigger – or worse!

You might want to make the payment within 14 days. This is because people who pay within two weeks get a 50% reduction on the fine. So if your fine was initially £80, it will only cost you £40 when you pay swiftly. 

What happens if you don’t pay a Tower Hamlets parking fine?

Tower Hamlets council will send you a charge certificate if you don’t pay the parking fine within 28 days. A charge certificate increases your parking fine by 50%, so £100 parking tickets become £150 fines. You are given 14 more days to pay the increased fine amount. 

People who don’t pay the fine after these 14 days are usually issued with a court order. The order makes it their responsibility to pay the parking fine or face debt enforcement action. If you don’t pay the fine after a court order has been issued, you might have to face bailiffs.

Tower Hamlets Council can employ bailiffs to come and recover the money from your, or seize some of your assets. As soon as a bailiff gets involved you will be charged bailiff fees, which can be much more expensive than your Tower Hamlets parking fine. 

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How do I pay my Tower Hamlets parking fine?

The easiest way to pay a Tower Hamlets PCN is to make the payment online. The council’s website provides a way for you to make a card payment online. To do this, you’ll first need to identify your PCN. This is done with your vehicle registration number and your PCN reference number. The latter can be found at the top of your PCN document. 

It takes one working day for the PCN to be viewed and paid online. So if you receive the fine in the post on a Tuesday, you might have to wait until Wednesday to be able to pay. 

Tower Hamlets parking fine contact number

To discuss your Tower Hamlets parking ticket, you should call 020 7364 5000. You should call this number if you have lost your PCN number and want to pay online. They will provide you with a new code to use over the phone. 

Can I challenge my Tower Hamlets PCN?

You can challenge a Penalty Charge Notice as long as the appeal is made within 28 days. Once 28 days have passed, no appeal can be made. 

How do you challenge a PCN in Tower Hamlets?

To challenge a Tower Hamlets PCN, you must make an informal or formal appeal. The latter is also called a representation. An informal appeal is only required when a warden has placed the PCN on your car or handed it to you. In all other situations, you must make a representation. If an informal appeal is rejected, you can then make a representation. 

The representation should include details of why you think the PCN shouldn’t stand. It is best to make these arguments with evidence if possible, such as photos. You can make the formal representation on the Tower Hamlets Council website. 

If your representation is rejected, there is an option to escalate the appeal to an independent tribunal. 

Tower Hamlets PCN – appeal or pay?

So, should you appeal or pay a Tower Hamlets PCN? There is no right or wrong answer. The decision should be made on the strength of your appeal and personal preferences. Some motorists really want to fight against a PCN they feel is unfair. Others might just want to make the most of the discounted option within the first 14 days. 

Can a PCN be refunded?

A Penalty Charge Notice can only be refunded in the unlikely event that the driver paid the fine and then subsequently won a PCN appeal. In all other circumstances, a PCN cannot be refunded. 

Where can I park with a Tower Hamlets parking permit?

You can park all day in the zone of your Tower Hamlets parking permit or for three hours per day in another Tower Hamlets zone. For example, people with a C3 parking permit can park anywhere in the C3 area at any time of the day and for as long as they like. C3 parking permit holders can also park for three hours per day in other zones, such as zone C4. 

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.

More help dealing with Tower Hamlets parking fines

MoneyNerd is ready to help you with other parking ticket questions. Read our other guides to learn more about UK parking tickets – and how to fight back. We hope you found clear answers to your questions above. And join us again soon for more free guidance. 

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