PCN payments are mandatory for vehicle owners; if they find themselves charged with one. In this article, we will explore the different modes of payment that one can avail of to make a PCN payment in Haringey. In addition to this, we will also discuss what options are available to vehicle owners if they wish to challenge a PCN, the consequences of not paying a PCN, as well as the parking concessions available for disabled vehicle owners.
How Do I Pay PCN In Haringey?
You can pay a parking fine or Penalty Charge Notice in Haringey in one of the following ways:
- By phone
- In cash
To pay your PCN online, you will need your PCN number, as well as a debit or credit card to make the payment. The PCN number is an 8 character reference number that starts with ZN in Haringey and is found on the parking ticket that was attached to your vehicle or handed over to you.
If you misplace your PCN before making a payment, the council will not be able to issue a duplicate PCN. You will have to wait until a Notice To Owner is sent to you. If you inform the Haringey Council that you had misplaced your original PCN, you will be able to avail of the 50 per cent discount that is offered to vehicle owners if they pay their PCN within 14 days of it being issued.
A PCN is issued by council authorities if someone has violated parking laws on public land such as council car park or high street. In addition to parking offences, a PCN can also be charged for breaking traffic rules, failing to follow road signs, and not paying the charges for the London congestion zone or low emission zone.
Depending on the severity of the action, PCN charges can range between £50 to £130 and must be paid within due time.
The UK government has introduced a specific scheme during Covid-19 to benefit NHS health and social care staff, as well as NHS COVID-19 volunteers/critical care workers; through which parking concessions are available for health, care and volunteer workers. If you fall under any of these categories, you should have a special parking permit and councils will not issue a PCN unless you have parked dangerously.
How Many Days Do I Have To Pay For A PCN?
Once a penalty charge notice is issued by council authorities, you will have 28 days to make the payment and in case the amount is paid within 14 days, you may even get a 50 per cent discount on the fine.
However, whether or not you will be able to make a PCN payment online depends on the following factors:
- The date when the PCN was issued
- The due date for the PCN payment
- The authority who issued the charge
- The amount of charge in GBP
If your PCN 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 PCN charges. In this case, you may have to pay through cheque, postal order or in person at the council post office.
If you do not pay your PCN within 28 days, 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 PCN charges.
Can I Appeal Against A PCN?
Yes, if you believe that you have been incorrectly charged with Penalty Charge Notice, you can appeal to your local council office with your Vehicle Registration Number and Penalty Charge Notice number. However, you must make the appeal before paying for the PCN charges; unless your vehicle has been removed due to a violation of parking restrictions.
If a vehicle owner does not respond to notices left on their car, they will be sent a formal notice termed a Notice To Owner. They can make a formal appeal to the council in response to this if they have evidence to prove their claim.
If your appeal is found to be valid, you will receive a Notice of Acceptance and the charges will be removed. However, if your appeal is rejected, you will receive a Notice of Rejection. You may still contend this through the London Tribunals, however, if you do not pay the charge even after their response, the council can send a debt collection agency to recover the amount.
How Do I Appeal Against PCN?
In the case of a notice left on your vehicle by a traffic warden, you must make your appeal before the date mentioned on the notice for payment of your fine. In case of car park charges, you will need to following documents to file an appeal:
- A copy of your season ticket if it allows you to park in the car park.
- A copy of your pay and display ticket if it was claimed not to be shown properly.
- Your booking reference number and mobile phone if you paid through your mobile.
- An explanation of not parking within the lines if that was the issue.
Meanwhile, in the case of on-street parking charges, you will need to provide the following documents:
- A copy of your pay and display ticket if it was claimed to be not shown properly.
- A copy of your parking permit if it was claimed not to be shown properly.
- A copy of your Blue Badge if it was claimed not to be shown properly.
- Proof of purchase from a garage in case your vehicle broke down in the street.
- A letter of confirmation from a medical professional if you had to park on the street due to a medical emergency.
- A copy of the delivery note if you had parked temporarily to make a delivery.
- A copy of the hiring agreement of you had hired your car to someone else.
- Proof of purchase or sale of you did not own the vehicle at the time of incident/notice.
- The police crime reference number and the phone number of the police station in case your vehicle was stolen when the PCN was issued.
- Photographs of the area if the parking space did not have any clear marking or mention of parking restrictions.
What Are Blue Badge Parking Concessions?
Blue Badge concessions are given to drivers with certain medical conditions in the UK, enabling them to park closer to their destinations. As a Blue Badge holder, you can ask your local council to allocate you a parking space that is close to home.
If you qualify for a Blue Badge, you may be able to park for free in the following locations:
- Unlimited parking on streets with parking meters or pay-and-display machines
- Unlimited parking (unless a time limit is displayed on a sign) in disabled parking bays on streets
- Parking for up to three hours on single or double yellow lines (unless there’s a ‘no loading’ sign)
However, you must keep in mind that having a Blue Badge does not allow claimants to park their car anywhere; they just qualify for certain concessions in specific areas. They will still need to follow parking regulations and can get fined for breaking parking rules.
Can I Park In Front Of A Driveway Without A Dropped Kerb?
Legally speaking, yes, you can park in front of a driveway that doesn’t have a dropped kerb; however, you must realise that by doing so you will be causing an obstruction for the residents’ vehicle to pass through.
In case a driveway does have a dropped kerb, you will be in violation of parking rules and can be charged a fine of £90 for parking in front of it.
A dropped kerb is made by flattening the pavement to meet the level of the road so that residents can easily drive their vehicles in and out of the driveway, without causing damage to the pavement.
It must be noted that in case a resident needs to drive their vehicle over a footway into their driveway on a highway, they will need to build a dropped kerb. If they fail to do so, they will have to park their vehicle on the street as driving over a footway is considered breaking the law.
If your vehicle is found to be obstructing the driveway of a homeowner, you may be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice whether or not there is a dropped kerb in the driveway.
PCNs are issued when someone is found to be in violation of parking or traffic rules in a council district. However, if you pay the PCN within 14 days, the fine will be reduced to half the amount. If you believe that you have been issued a PCN in error, you have the right to challenge it by appealing against the fine and sharing any evidence that may support your claim.
FAQs: How Do I Pay PCN In Haringey?
How do I contact Haringey parking?
If you wish to contact the Haringey Council for parking-related queries, you can call them on 020 8489 1000. To contact Haringey Council authorities via email, you can contact them at [email protected].
How much is a parking fine in Haringey?
A parking fine in Haringey can be £130 for serious contraventions. However, if you pay this amount within 14 days of being issued a ticket, the amount will be reduced to half. On the other hand, if you do not pay the fine even after being issued a Notice To Owner, you can expect to be charged £195 as a penalty.
Do parking restrictions apply on bank holidays in Haringey?
No, parking restrictions do not apply on bank holidays in Haringey. Drivers can avail of free parking in all street payphone barking bays in the council area as well as all open council car parks.
Does a PCN have to be received within 14 days?
Once you receive a PCN, you must pay the charges in the next 28 days. However, if you make the payment within 14 days, you will be able to get a 50 per cent discount on the amount of the fine.
Who is responsible for paying a PCN?
The registered keeper of the car is responsible for paying a PCN even if they were not driving the car when the PCN was issued.