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Waltham Forest PCN – Should you Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Waltham Forest PCN

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Just received a Waltham Forest PCN and not sure whether you should pay it? We explain your rights when fighting back against council parking fines. Find out all your options and how you can even get a discount on your Waltham Forest PCN.

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 Waltham Forest PCN?

A Waltham Forest PCN is a Penalty Charge Notice received from Waltham Forest Council. A Penalty Charge Notice is a type of fine that is usually issued for parking offences in local council areas, but it can also be issued for some driving offences. For example, you can get a Penalty Charge Notice for driving in a bus lane

You can also get a Penalty Charge Notice for not paying road fees on time, but there are not usually issued by councils. They are usually sent by transport authorities, including Transport for London. 

Note, a Penalty Charge Notice is not the same as a private parking ticket or a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) which is typically issued by the police. 

Do you have to pay a PCN Waltham Forest?

You must pay or appeal against a Waltham Forest PCN within 28 days of being served the parking fine. If you don’t pay your PCN within the first 28 days, your fine can be increased and it could even escalate to a court order. 

What happens if you don’t pay a Waltham Forest PCN?

When you don’t pay a Waltham Forest PCN within 28 days, the local authority will increase your fine by 50% and give you a further 14 days to make the newly increased payment. This is known as a charge certificate. 

At this point, you can no longer appeal against your Waltham Forest PCN and should make every attempt to pay. Not paying the increased fine will allow the local authority to ask for a court order that makes you responsible to pay. 

Failing to pay the parking fine after a court order has been issued can result in the council using bailiffs to recover the money, which incurs you further fees and charges. 

How do you pay a Waltham Forest PCN?

You can pay your Waltham Forest PCN via the council’s website or by calling 0203 092 0112. To make the payment you will need your PCN number, which can be found on your PCN, as well as your vehicle registration number. 

Click this link to pay online. But before you pay…

50% discount on your PCN Waltham Forest

You can pay a cheaper parking ticket fine if you pay Waltham Forest Council within the first 14 days of receiving the PCN, or within the first 21 days if you received your Penalty Charge Notice in the post. The reduced rate is usually 50% cheaper than the full fine amount, which equates to a saving of at least £40

Can you appeal a Waltham Forest PCN?

You can appeal against a Waltham Forest PCN if you think the parking fine is unjust, but you must lodge your appeal within the first 28 days. If you do not make an appeal within this time period, you will not have another opportunity to appeal and will need to pay the fine. 

Waltham Forest PCN appeal process

The Waltham Forest PCN appeal process is slightly different whether you received the fine on your car or in the post. People who received the PCN on their vehicle or in their hand in the street must make an informal appeal first to the council. If the informal appeal is rejected, they can make an informal appeal, which is what you start with if you received the PCN in the post. 

A formal PCN appeal, also known as a representation, is a detailed argument stating why you believe your parking fine should be cancelled. You should add photos or other evidence when possible to strengthen your appeal.

We have made it easier to appeal against your Waltham Forest PCN with our free PCN appeal letter template

Waltham Forest PCN – appeal or pay?

Should you appeal or pay your Waltham Forest PCN? This question can only be answered on a case-by-case basis and based on your personal preferences. 

Any appeal you make should be made honestly. If you think there is a good chance your appeal will be successful then there aren’t many reasons not to appeal. However, you may want to avoid the whole process or take advantage of the 50% fine reduction by paying within the first 14 or 21 days. 

There’s no blanket answer for everyone!

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.

Waltham Forest PCN appeal rejected – what now?

If your representation to Waltham Forest Council is rejected, don’t give up hope of having the parking ticket cancelled. You are allowed to take your appeal to an independent tribunal after the council has rejected your representation. All Waltham Forest PCN appeals should be escalated to London Tribunals. Their decision is final. 

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