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Wandsworth PCN Appeal – Step-by-Step Guide 2022

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What is the PCN Wandsworth appeal process? Our team have answered the most asked questions about Wandsworth Borough Council PCNs and explained how you can appeal against them. You might be let off the hook and avoid a fine of as much as £130! 

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 Penalty Charge Notice?

A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) is a fine that can be left on your vehicle or sent in the post. They are issued by local authorities and transport organisations – but for different reasons. 

A local council can issue a PCN for parking and traffic contraventions, such as not paying for parking when supposed to or using a bus lane. But a transport group might serve you a PCN for not paying other road fees and tolls, such as the Dartford Crossing or Congestion Charge. 

The amount of the fine differs by region and by the seriousness of the offence. Driving in a bus lane usually – but not always as shown later in this post – results in a lower fine than a parking contravention. And council parking fines in London tend to be more expensive than in other places. 

What is a 52M penalty charge?

A 52M Penalty Charge Notice is issued to motorists who don’t comply with a restriction on prohibited types of vehicles. Simply put, it is when a motorist drives their car where they aren’t allowed, such as using a bus lane at times when it should only be used by buses. 

How much does a Wandsworth PCN cost?

Wandsworth Borough Council parking fines will cost £80 or £130 in the most restricted area depending on the seriousness of the contravention. In the other part of the borough, parking contraventions cost either £60 or £110 depending on the nature of the contravention. Interestingly, all traffic contravention PCNs are charged at the highest rate of £130

But any PCN from Wandsworth Borough Council is halved if you pay within 14 days, which means you could pay as little as £30 to clear some Wandsworth PCNs.

How to pay a Wandsworth PCN

You can pay your Wandsworth PCN by cash at a post office, by sending a cheque in the post or over the phone using the council’s automated payment line. Otherwise, you can pay online via the Wandsworth Council website. 

You’ll need to have your PCN reference number to make any type of payment. You can find this reference number on your parking ticket or notice. If you have lost it, you’ll need to contact the council for a replacement before you can pay. 

What happens if you don’t pay a PCN Wandsworth?

Unpaid Penalty Charge Notices after 28 days are subject to a fine increase of 50%, actioned by the council sending you something called a charge certificate. The newly increased fine must be paid within 14 additional days. So if you owed £130, you would now have two weeks to pay £195. 

When a charge certificate gets ignored, things get even more serious and costly. The local council can then ask for a court order to be issued against you. This is when a court judge requests that you pay. If you ignore the court order, the council can then ask the judge to use enforcement action, which typically means employing bailiffs.

Bailiffs can then be used to request full payment or threaten to seize control of your possessions, which might then be sold to clear your debt with the council. What you need to know is that bailiffs charge hefty fees for their services – and it’s you that has to pay.

If you’re trying to avoid paying because of financial hardship, communicate this with the council. They might attempt another way to solve the problem with you. 

Can you make a Wandsworth PCN appeal?

You can appeal a Wandsworth PCN if you do so within 28 days of being served the parking ticket. Appeals after 28 days are not accepted, and if you haven’t paid by then, you’ll receive a charge certificate which increases the fine. 

How do I appeal a parking ticket Wandsworth?

You can appeal a Wandsworth Council parking ticket online using the council website. You’ll also be able to view the evidence against you on their website. The proper name for a PCN appeal is a representation. 

Don’t pay the fine and then lodge an appeal. As soon as you make a payment you’re deemed to have accepted liability and the appeal will be rejected. 

How do you make a representation against the penalty charge?

To make a representation against the Penalty Charge Notice you’ll need to make a statement of why you think the parking ticket should be withdrawn and no fine should be charged. This will include an excuse, such as:

  1. Unclear or obstructed road signs
  2. Out of order ticket machine
  3. Medical emergency
  4. Broken down vehicle
  5. Delay in the PCN being issued

Along with your statement, you may need to supply evidence of your claims. Without good evidence, your appeal could be rejected, depending on your excuse. 

What if the Wandsworth PCN appeal is rejected?

If Wandsworth Borough Council does decide to reject your representation, it doesn’t have to end there. You can take your appeal to an independent tribunal and ask others to make a decision on your case. 

Wandsworth Council will explain this process in writing after they have rejected your appeal. 

Wandsworth PCN – appeal or pay?

The choice between appealing and paying is made more difficult because the 50% reduced fine is only on offer within the first 14 days. If you appeal then you will miss out on this reduced rate. You should be confident in your excuse and evidence if making an appeal. But it all comes down to personal judgement. 

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.

Learn more about PCN appeals!

For more information on the nitty-gritty of Penalty Charge Notice appeals, read our PCN appeal guide. You’ll find extra information about the appeals process not covered above. Have a read for free soon!

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