There are different reasons why vehicle owners may be issued a parking fine. The aim of this blog post is to explore whether it is mandatory for a vehicle owner to pay a parking fine in Newham. If not, how does one challenge a fine and what are the potential consequences of not paying a parking fine. 

Do You Have To Pay Newham Council Parking Fines?

Yes, you have to pay a Newham parking fine as it is a mandatory penalty levied by council authorities for a violation of parking laws. If you ignore paying the fine, you will actually end up paying much more than you are originally fined for as late payments tend to be penalised; which means that you will be paying the original amount as well as the late fee for your parking fine in Newham.

However, you can appeal to the Newham Council authorities and challenge the fine if:

  • you believe that you have been fined in error; and 
  • you have proof that can be used as evidence to defend you against the fine

You can use the Newham council website to appeal against the fine. However, it takes at least 24 hours for the council’s evidence to be uploaded with regards to the fine so it is advisable to wait until then. 

On the other hand, it is ideal to file your appeal within 14 days of being issued a parking fine as it marks the end of the discount period. Otherwise, you must file your appeal within 28 days of the incident as that is the maximum time for payment of a parking fine.

If you have misplaced your parking fine ticket, you can call the Newham council office and request a duplicate.

In many cases, PCNs are not enforceable and you may be able to win your case and avoid having to pay your fine.

You could begin the process by speaking to an online solicitor for as little as £5. 

How Do You Appeal Against A Newham Parking Fine? 

You can appeal and re-appeal against a parking fine at different stages of the parking fine process and until you pay the fine.

In the first stage when the parking fine is handed over to the driver or posted on the car windscreen, you can make an “informal challenge” against the parking fine by not paying the fine and contacting the council office that issued the parking fine. This contact should ideally be made after 24 hours of being issued a parking fine and within the 28-day limit for payment of the fine. You may be required to provide evidence in support of your challenge.

If the council accepts your claim, the parking fine will be waived off and you will not have to make any payment. However, if the council rejects your challenge, a new parking fine will be issued with another 14-day discount offered. This time, you will be issued a “notice to the owner” (NTO). If you wish to pursue your appeal, you can do so by issuing a “formal representation” in response to the NTO. 

If the formal representation is rejected by the council, the NTO recipient will be informed to appear before an independent adjudicator at the Traffic Penalty Tribunal as the process goes into the next stage. 

You can appeal to the independent adjudicator as a last attempt to challenge the parking fine. If your appeal is accepted, the parking fine is waived off and the matter is dismissed. However, if your appeal is rejected, there is no more room to appeal and you will have to make the payment within the next 28 days.

How Do You Write A Penalty Appeal Letter?

Your penalty appeal letter should mainly contain your (the vehicle owner’s) full name, the registration number of your car and your PCN number.

It should mention the case in point, the reason why you were charged and why you believe that the charge is in error. You must include relevant evidence to support your claim in the letter.

Below is a template that you can use or customise to meet your needs:

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[name and address of the vehicle owner]

[date]

[council name and address]

Parking Ticket Number: [xxxxxxxxxx]

Vehicle Registration Number: [xxxxxxxxxx]

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to request you to reconsider the above Penalty Charge Notice and review the evidence that I share in support of my appeal 

I received a parking ticket [ticket number] on [date] for the reason of [official reason mentioned in the PCN]. However, I believe that the fine was issued in error and I would like to submit an appeal through this letter.

The signage [mention road/street] was not clear due to which I was unable to determine the parking restrictions or if there were any parking restrictions applied in the area. I was also in a hurry at the time due to a medical emergency at home for which I had to rush during peak traffic hours.

I have enclosed recent visuals from the area that show the unclear signage and hope that my request will be reviewed in good faith.  

Anticipating your kind consideration.

Yours faithfully,

[signature]

[printed name]

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What Happens If You Don’t Pay A Parking Fine In Newham?

If you do not pay your parking fine within 28 days in Newham, you will be issued a charge certificate after which you will have 14 days to clear your dues. If you fail to do so, an additional amount of 50 per cent will be added to your parking fine charges.

How a parking fine payment works is that once a penalty charge notice is issued by council authorities, you will have 28 days to make the payment. In case the amount is paid within 14 days, you may even get a 50 per cent discount on the fine.

If your parking fine is more than 60 days old, you have been issued an  ‘Order for Recovery of Unpaid Penalty Charge Notice’ more than 21 days ago or you’ve been issued a bailiff’s letter, you will not be able to make an online payment to clear your parking fine charges. In this case, you may have to pay through cheque, postal order or in person at the council post office.

What Is A Newham PCN?

A PCN is a fine that vehicle owners have to pay for breaking traffic or parking rules. The parking ticket is either handed over by the Civil Enforcement Officer to the driver of the vehicle at the time or is stuck on the car’s windscreen.

Contained in a yellow envelope, the PCN carried all the details regarding the traffic or parking contravention that had taken place.

A Newham PCN can be charged £130 for a dangerous and serious contravention while it is charged £80 for a less serious contravention.

Examples of low-level contraventions include the following:

  • If a vehicle is parked without paying charges.
  • If a vehicle is parked for a longer time than it is permitted.
  • If a vehicle is parked after the expiry of paid time.

High-level contraventions include the following situations:

  • If a vehicle is parked in a restricted street during prescribed hours.
  • If a vehicle is either parked, loading or unloading in a restricted street where waiting, loading or unloading restrictions are applied.
  • If a vehicle is parked in a residents’ or shared use parking place without the display of a permit.

How Do You Pay A Parking Fine In Newham?

You can pay your Parking Charge Notice or Parking Fine in one of the following ways:

  • cash
  • cheque 
  • credit card 
  • debit card 
  • postal order

In case of payment through cheque, you are advised to write your parking fine number on the reverse side of the cheque. In the case of postal orders, cash should not be sent through the post. 

Cheques and postal orders can be sent to the following address:

L B Newham Parking Correspondence 

PO Box 71575 

London 

E6 9LY

In case you choose to make an online payment through the Newham Council Website or by using their payment hotline at 020 8430 2000, you will need to use a debit card or credit card to make the payment.

Conclusion:

According to research, one particlaur street in Newham generated more than £3 million in council revenue through PCNs issued in 2021. Being mandatory payments, one cannot evade a parking fine unless there is proof that they have been charged in error. Without proof, it is not advisable to let a parking fine go unpaid as the penalty charges will increase the amount you need to pay while an early payment within 14 days can avail you of a 50% discount.

FAQs: Do You Have To Pay Newham Council Parking Fines?

How much is a parking fine in Newham?

A parking fine in Newham can be £130 for a dangerous and serious contravention while it is charged £80 for a less serious contravention.

Can you park on a single yellow line on a Sunday in Newham?

You can only park on a single yellow line on a Sunday in Newham after the restricted hours. In the case of double yellow lines, you cannot park on them at all as restrictions apply 24 hours a day.

How do I pay for a parking ticket if I lost it in the UK?

If you’ve lost a parking ticket, you should inform the issuing authority so you can make the payment.

How long does it take for a penalty notice to arrive?

A penalty notice usually arrived in 14 days. Recipients are then required to complete Section 172 and return it within 28 days.

How long should a car be observed before a parking ticket is issued?

A car should be observed for a minimum period of 5 minutes before a parking ticket is issued.

References:

Penalty charge notices and how to pay – Parking enforcement and penalties

View and appeal a penalty charge notice – Parking enforcement and penalties – Newham Council

Parking enforcement and penalties – Newham Council

Parking fines and penalty charge notices: Paying a ticket – GOV.UK

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