need to contact the council and if you wish to preserve the right
to a discounted payment you must do this in writing, obliviously taking
into account postage times. You should state your case in as clear
and simple terms as possible stating any witness statements (Do not
send originals) and enclose photocopies of any receipts etc. that
can help your cause.
can be more risky than you think if your vehicle is not completely
legal. Parking tickets are only one of the many penalties in the
arsenal of the local authorities.
Parking attendants now have the technology to check validity of
insurance and MOT's as well as the obvious tax disc.
Cars can now be impounded costing £100s to be retrieved and if
not can be crushed. This is besides the independent clamping agencies
who have no scruples and are prepared to clamp ambulances, fire
engines and hearses! With the latest boom in councils making money
from the motorists nearly everywhere you park is now subject to
If you receive a PCN
(Penalty Charge Notice) then you can appeal but you must
do this within 14 days of receiving the PCN.
The council will either accept or reject your claim. If the council
rejects the claim and you have written your appeal and sent it within
14 days then you have the right to pay at the discount rate still
at this stage. If you refuse to pay the council will send you a notice
to the vehicle owner and the penalty will increase to the full undiscounted
level. As the vehicle owner you are liable for any PCNS for that vehicle
irrespective of who was driving at the time.
this notice you will be provided with a form which you can use make
formal representations to the council. You have 28 days to do this.
Details of the grounds which formal representations are included in
the notice although if you do not match the criteria you can still
appeal. Re state your case as clearly as you can again sending any
witness statements or receipts (Copies)
You will receive a letter from the council stating that you have either
won the appeal to have your PCN waived or have failed and should then
include a reason why this is the case. A rejection letter is called
a Notice of Rejection or Representatives and will also contain a form
called a Notice of Appeal which will allow you to appeal your case
to the Independent Parking Adjudicator. For full and comprehensive
advice on all parking
related matters can be found at ukmotorists.com.