Unpaid PCNs can lead to the cancellation of one’s parking permit. Therefore, the purpose of this blog post is to discuss in detail, whether you should pay or appeal a PCN in the Harrow Council area. Additionally, we will also explore the PCN appeals process, the payment method, the consequences of not paying a PCN as well as how to apply for parking permits in Harrow. 

Should You Pay Or Appeal A PCN In Harrow?

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 a PCN is handed over to the driver or posted on the car windscreen, they have 14 days to avail of a 50% discount if they pay the PCN and 28 days to pay the fine in full. Even though PCN penalties are a mandatory payment, being issued with one does not result in a criminal record or points on a driving licence.

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.

However, if you believe that you are not liable to pay a PCN or it has been erroneously charged in your name, you can appeal a PCN in Harrow Council. Appeals can be made in the following ways:

  • filling out an online form on the council’s website
  • sending an email to the council
  • writing a letter of appeal and sending it through the post 

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 A PCN In Harrow Council?

You can appeal a PCN in Harrow Council by making an “informal challenge” against the PCN. This is done 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 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 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 Harrow?

Yes, you have to pay a PCN in Harrow if you’ve been found at fault for violating traffic or parking rules.

If you are in Harrow 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 against the fine. This can also be done online through the website  or by sending a letter of appeal through the post at the following address:

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 Harrow?

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 Harrow?

A penalty charge in Harrow amounts to between £60 and £130; depending on the severity of the traffic violation

This amount can be reduced by half if you pay the fine within 14 days of receiving the fine.

What Is A Harrow 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 PCN can be issued on the basis of the following:

  • CCTV footage shows that parking rules have been broken 
  • A CEO is prevented from issuing a parking ticket to the driver
  • The driver drives away before the CEO can issue the parking ticket

Can You Ignore A PCN In Harrow?

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 Harrow?

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. 

Alternatively, you can call the Harrow Council office at 020 8424 1220 to make a payment over the phone.

If you choose to make an online payment through the council’s Parking and Permits portal, you will need to use a debit card or credit card to make the payment.

Is Parking Free In Harrow?

Parking is only free in Harrow Council car parks after the hours of operation; except for Peel House, which is locked after hours.

However, if someone is a Blue Badge holder and their vehicle displays the blue badge sticker, they can park for free in the Harrow Council area.

How Do I Contact Harrow Council?

You can contact Harrow Council at the following address:

Harrow Council

PO BOX 951

Civic Centre

Harrow

HA1 2FY

You can also call them on 020 8424 1220. If you wish to contact the Parking Enforcement Team at Harrow Council, you can email them at parking.enforcement@harrow.gov.uk

How Do I Get A Parking Permit In Harrow?

If you are a resident of an eligible property living in a Controlled Parking Zone Harrow, you can get a Resident Parking Permit through an online application. You will need to provide the following information:

  • your Vehicle Registration (VRM)
  • your vehicle emissions
  • your personal details including email address

If you are a healthcare service provider who needs to visit patients in the Harrow Council area, you can apply for a Healthcare Parking Permit.

If you are a business operator in the area, you can apply for a General Business Permit or a Marked Specific Permit. 

Conclusion:

The discussion in this article brings us to the conclusion that while paying a PCN is mandatory if you have been charged a fine, if you believe that the charge is in error and you have evidence to support your claim, you can appeal against it.

FAQs: Should you pay or appeal a PCN in Harrow?

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

It can take up to 56 days to hear back from a PCN appeal. However, until then, the PCN will be put on hold and there will be no applicable penalty due to its unpaid status.

How do I write an appeal letter for parking charges?

In order to write an appeal letter for parking charges, you should state the facts clearly, provide essential details including your PCN number and share the evidence that can support your appeal.

Do parking fines go on your record?

No, parking fines or PCNs do not go on your record or as points on your license. They are a fine against a traffic rule which is resolved through timely payment. 

Can you be fined twice for the same parking offence?

You can only be fined twice for the same parking offence if it continues despite the first ticket. Otherwise, you cannot be issued multiple PCNs for a one-time offence.

Do you have to declare PCN to insurance?

No, most insurance companies do not require you to declare PCNs to them.

References:

Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) – Harrow Council

Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) – Harrow Council

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

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