Challenging a PCN requires the claimant to be able to provide evidence in support of their challenge. Through this blog post, we aim to learn the steps involved in challenging a PCN in the Lambeth Council district. We will explore the appeal process in detail; as well as discuss whether or not PCN payments are avoidable and if that is not possible, how much time one has to make a PCN payment once the fine has been issued.

How Do You Challenge A PCN In Lambeth?

You can challenge a PCN in Lambeth Council at different stages of the PCN process until you pay the fine.

In the first stage when the PCN is handed over to the driver or posted on the car windscreen, you have 14 days to avail a 50% discount if you pay the PCN and 28 days to pay the fine in full. You can make an “informal challenge” against the PCN by not paying the fine and contacting the council office that issued the PCN. This contact should ideally be made after 24 hours of being issued a PCN 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 PCN will be waived off and you will not have to make any payment. However, if the council rejects your challenge, a new PCN will be issued with another 14-day discount offered. This time, you will be issued a “notice to 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 then 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 PCN. If your appeal is accepted, the PCN 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.

Do You Have To Pay PCN In Lambeth?

According to the Traffic Management Act 2004, a vehicle’s registered owner is bound to pay the Penalty Charge Notice issued by the local council in the case of a parking or traffic contravention. 

If you are in Lambeth Council, this payment can be made online by accessing the council’s portal and adding one’s Vehicle Registration Number and PCN number. 

However, if you believe that you’ve been fined in error and should not be held liable to pay the fine, you can challenge the PCN by appealing against the fine. This can also be done online; however, if one intends to challenge a PCN, they should not pay the fine until the appeal process is complete and a decision is made against their appeal.

What Happens If You Don’t Pay PCN In Lambeth?

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.

How a PCN 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 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.

How Much Is A Penalty Charge In Lambeth?

Penalty charges in Lambeth are based on the seriousness of the contravention and are therefore divided into higher and lower level charges.

A higher level charge is applicable in the case of a serious and dangerous violation such as double parking; while a lower level charge is applied in the case of a minor contravention such as overstaying in a parking bay.

Below is the classification of these charges depending on the road band they take place on:

  • The lower charge on a Band A road is £80; while the higher charge is £130
  • The lower charge on a Band B road is £60; while the higher charge is £110

Meanwhile, bus lane offences and moving traffic offences are charged at £130.

All these charges will reduce by half if they are paid within 14 days of being issued a PCN.

What Is A Lambeth PCN?

A PCN in Lambeth Council is either issued by the Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) or through the video footage gathered from CCTV cameras on the streets.

The charges are based on traffic or parking contraventions actioned by vehicle owners in the council area and are served as fines to be paid mandatorily.

If you are in Lambeth Council, PCNs are charged on the basis of Band A and Band B roads. Band A roads include all roads that are north of the South Circular (A205) and within the Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs). Band B roads are those that are on the south side of the South Circular and are not included in the CPZs.

Can You Ignore A PCN In Lambeth?

No, you cannot ignore or avoid paying a PCN; unless you have been fined in error and intend to challenge the fine before the due date. In case you appeal against a PCN and your claim is rejected, you will then have to pay the charges.

PCN payments are mandatory and deliberately caused dues can be responded to with legal action by the authorities. 

If you avoid paying a PCN and do not challenge it as well, you may have to deal with legal action as part of the response taken by the council authorities for an unpaid PCN.  

How Do You Pay A PCN In Lambeth?

You can pay your Parking Charge Notice (PCN) 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 PCN 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:

Lambeth Parking Services

PO Box 549

Darlington

DL1 9TU

Alternatively, you can call the Lambeth Council office on 0333 800 5005 to make a payment over the phone.

In case you choose to make an online payment through the Lambeth Council Portal, you will need to use a debit card or credit card to make the payment.

Conclusion:

The discussion in this article makes the process of challenging a PCN in Lambeth Council quite clear. However, before doing so, you may want to make sure that you have evidence to support your challenge since the council will definitely have proof of the contravention. Vehicle owners who choose to pay their PCN within 14 days of being issued a notice, can avail of a 50% discount on the total amount being charged.

FAQs: How Do You Challenge A PCN In Lambeth?

How long does it take to hear back from a PCN appeal?

While the answer to this may vary from council to council, in extreme cases, it may take up to 56 days for council authorities to respond to a PCN appeal.

Do you get points for a PCN?

No, you won’t get points on your license for being issued a PCN. However, it is a penalty that should be paid within the due date.

How long after an offence must a PCN be issued?

While traffic wardens can issue PCNs on the spot by handing one over to you or placing it in your vehicle’s windscreen, postal PCNs can be received by vehicle owners between 14-28 days of the offence.

How do I contact Lambeth parking?

You can contact the customer care centre of Lambeth Council by placing a call on 020 7926 1000.

Do parking fines go on your record?

No, parking fines do not become part of your driving record as they do not reflect your ability to be a safe driver.

References:

Pay or view a parking fine (Penalty Charge Notice – PCN) | Lambeth Council

Appeal a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) or the removal of your vehicle | Lambeth Council

PCN charges | Lambeth Council

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