How to File a Brighton PCN Appeal in Two Minutes
The Road Traffic Act 1988 is an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom concerning licensing of vehicles, insurance, and road regulations. Penalty Charge Notices or PCNs are a major source of revenue for the UK as a result of the Road Traffic Act. PCNs made $65 million for UK authorities in 2020.
In addition, private companies also issued an estimate of 22,000 tickets every day. This is a major problem for a lot of people especially in congested areas that leave little to no options when it comes to parking spaces. However, DoNotPay can help you challenge PCNs received in Brighton with a few simple steps.
Whether you are concerned about how you should pay the fine, how long a PCN can be issued after the offence was committed, or if it’s worth appealing the Brighton PCN, we are here to provide you with the answers.
Receiving a PCN
A Parking Charge Notice or PCN is a penalty for violation of parking laws, also known as a traffic ticket. Below are some PCN facts:
- It can be paid or challenged informally or formally.
- There will be no criminal record or points on your driver's licence.
- PCNs can also be used for various moving traffic offences, such as using bus lanes, limited turns, no entrance, or yellow box junctions, especially in London.
- You will have 28 days to pay or contest the ticket.
- You can get a PCN in the post, in person, or on your automobile windshield.
The fine for a parking ticket can be up to £70 outside of London, and up to £130 within the city limits of London. You can save 50% of the cost of the ticket if you pay within 14 days. Unpaid PCNs will be treated as a civil debt.
What Are the Different Types of PCNs?
Here are a few different types of PCNs you may receive:
|Local Council PCN||It can be issued to you on the spot or left at your windscreen. It can also be delivered by post in the form of an NTO or a ‘Notice To Owner’.|
|Dart Charge PCN||Issued by the Secretary of State for Transport for failing to pay a road user charge at the Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing.|
|Red Route PCN||Penalties for not following signs and road markings in red routes to reduce congestion.|
|Congestion PCN||If your vehicle is recorded in the congestion charge zone and our records show that you've not paid the daily charge by midnight on the third charging day following it, you will receive a congestion charge PCN.|
|Low Emission Zone PCN||If you drive within the Low Emission Zone without meeting emission standards or paying the appropriate daily charge.|
How Do You Pay a PCN?
You will pay the PCN depending on what type you received and who issued it. You can pay online for:
- PCN from a local council
- PCN from Dart Charge
- Congestion PCN from TfL
- Red route PCN from TfL
- Low emission zone PCN from TfL
However, certain local governments do not have civil parking enforcement powers so parking is enforced by the police or police-employed traffic wardens. They will issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) that will then be enforced via the court system.
How Do I Challenge a Parking Fine?
If you would like to challenge a parking fine, there are a few steps you must follow. First, if you plan to appeal, you should not pay the fine. By paying the fine, you are essentially admitting guilt and the case will be closed. In addition, you must file the appeal within 14 days of receipt.
Depending on the type of PCN you receive, you will file as formal or informal.
If your informal appeal is denied, you will get what is known as an NTO or Notice To Owner that formally orders you to pay the initial amount. After you have received the NTO, you will have an additional 28 days to pay the fine. It is at this point that you will file a formal appeal. The NTO will advise you on how to do this.
Here are the websites for the UK:
- London – London Tribunals
- England and Wales – Traffic penalty tribunal
- Northern Ireland – Northern Ireland traffic penalty tribunal
- Scotland – Scottish Parking appeals service
What Happens if You Don't Pay Parking Tickets in the UK?
If you don't pay the fines, it will affect your credit rating and bailiffs will be sent to your home to collect your belongings to pay the fine.
Contest Tickets With the Help of DoNotPay
BBC has an excellent article explaining how DoNotPay works and how we have helped thousands of people with parking tickets as well as other issues. We can help you appeal your ticket fast and efficiently in a few simple steps:
- Log in to DoNotPay and go to the Ticket Disputes category. Select the Parking Ticket product.
- Upload a photo of your citation.
- Provide us with some details on why you believe the citation issued is a mistake.
- That’s it! You’ll receive an appeal letter that contains the best argument to win your case.
It's really that simple. Note that we cannot mail the letter for UK users. You can use the carefully crafted appeal letter to serve as your argument when you challenge your ticket.
DoNotPay Appeals Parking Tickets in the US Too
The Parking Ticket product works all across the UK and in the US as well. We’ve successfully handled hundreds of thousands of appeals in these cities in the US:
What Else Can DoNotPay Do?
DoNotPay can help with many issues. We can also help with:
- Parking tickets
- Missing money
- Insurance claims
- Complaints against corporations
- Car registration renewal
If you live in Brighton and you receive a PCN, you don't have to just hand over your hard-earned money. You have rights and you may not have to pay the fine at all. With the help of DoNotPay, you can file an appeal in just a few easy steps.