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Tunbridge Wells PCN – Should I Pay or Ignore? 2022

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Have you received a parking fine from Tunbridge Wells? This is a Tunbridge Wells PCN, which stands for Penalty Notice Charge. It’s a parking fine that cannot be ignored as it won’t just disappear. In this article, I will let you know how to pay, what happens if you ignore the PCN and what to do if you disagree with the fine.

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 Tunbridge Wells Parking Fine?

You will receive a parking fine if you park illegally on the land owned by the council. You may also receive a parking fine for certain driving offences. The parking fine issued by the council is called a Penalty Notice Charge. It’s not the same as a Parking Charge Notice that is given out by private car parking firms. A Tunbridge Wells PCN should not be ignored.

How to Learn More About Your Parking Offence

If you don’t understand the PCN you can learn more online. The Tunbridge Wells council have a website that allows you to view your ticket and any photographic evidence they have collected. View your PCN by visiting the website and entering your details.

Can You Ignore a PCN from Tunbridge Wells?

Ignoring a PCN will not make the problem disappear. Should you choose to ignore the fine the amount you owe will increase after the time limit stated on the PCN. If you continue to ignore the council can request a court order, making the fine your legal responsibility. They can then use bailiffs to come to your home and collect the money you owe.

I have some useful information about what to do when expecting bailiffs that may be useful if you’re already at this point in the process.

Should You Pay the Parking Fine?

The best course of action after receiving a parking fine is to pay the Tunbridge Wells PCN. If you can pay the fine within 14 days you get a 50% discount, saving you money. This is useful if you don’t wish to appeal the ticket and if you’re able to pay.

Not everyone can pay within 14 days. You do have a total of 28 days to pay for the ticket. However, you must pay the full amount of the fine if you pay after 14 days have passed. Once you pay, you cannot appeal.

Should You Appeal the PCN from Tunbridge Wells?

If you disagree with the fine, you do have the opportunity to appeal. The appeal needs to be started within 28 days of receiving the fine. You cannot appeal if you’ve already paid the fine in full. There are two ways to appeal the PCN.

Appeal Online

Use the online service provided by Tunbridge Wells to appeal. You must enter the PCN number and your vehicle registration number. Once you’ve submitted the details follow the instructions to submit your appeal.

Appeal By Post

You have the option to appeal by post if you prefer. You can use my free PCN appeal letter template to help you through the process. Tunbridge Wells also asks that you download the parking appeals form and send that to:

Parking Services

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

Town Hall

Mount Pleasant Road

Royal Tunbridge Wells

Kent

TN1 1RS

You must include the details of your PCN and your vehicle registration number.

Tunbridge Wells Rejected Your Appeal, What Next?

If you hear back from the council and learn the appeal is rejected, you’ll have an extended period to clear the money you owe. You can pay the money, or you could send your appeal to London Tribunals. They will look at your appeal and decide to either accept or reject it.

How to Make a Tunbridge Wells PCN Payment Online

If you decide to pay you can do so in several ways.

Pay Online

Using the online payment service is the first option. The website is secure, and the payment is processed quickly. After 24 hours of the PCN being issued visit the Tunbridge Wells PCN payment service to pay. Enter the PCN number, and your vehicle registration number and have your credit or debit card details to hand.

Pay By Phone

The Tunbridge Wells telephone number to call is 0800 023 7086. To get through to the right department you must press 1 if the PCN number starts with TW or press 2 if it begins with KU. After making your selection enter the 8 digits that follow the first 2 letters, then press the star key to continue.

Pay in Person

Take cash or your credit or debit card to The Amelia. Here you can make the full payment providing you use cash or a card.

No Postal Payment Allowed

Tunbridge Wells doesn’t currently accept payment by post or accept cheques. You must not send cash in the post or cheques. To make a payment you must either use the online service or telephone or visit The Amelia in person with a card or cash.

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

Ignoring the Council Can Result in Bailiffs

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council uses enforcement agents (bailiffs) to collect parking fines that aren’t paid. Before bailiffs are used the council will first increase the fine by 50% if you don’t pay within 28 days of the issue date. With the added charge applied you’ll have a brief time to pay the debt before further action is taken.

If you’re struggling with payment, you should contact the council and discuss your options. You may also wish to seek help from debt advisors who can help you find a solution. Enforcement agents can be intimidating and stressful to deal with. I recommend seeking help or reading the articles suggested below to help prevent bailiff action.

Choosing to pay or ignore a Tunbridge Wells PCN is your own choice. I hope you find the information useful when it comes to making your own decision. Remember, the fine won’t disappear. Ignoring a PCN only increases the debt with additional charges added. Paying within 14 days saves 50% of the charge or pay within 28 days to avoid further action.

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