How You Can Contest a Penalty Charge Notice
There is no faster way to ruin your day than to notice the undeniable paperwork of a penalty charge notices sticking to your vehicle. If you see this on your vehicle, you should know a few steps that you can take to make things right again. DoNotPay is happy to walk with you through the steps that you need to take to get your penalty charge notice handled.
What Does a Penalty Charge Notice Really Mean?
Do not panic if you receive a penalty charge notice. It is something that you need to take care of, but there is no use in getting yourself overly worked up when your penalty charge notice is nothing more than a piece of paperwork that is informing you that you are being accused of violating a parking regulation of some kind. It doesn't necessarily mean that you have violated the parking ordinance. It merely means that you are receiving notice that some authority states that you have done so. A penalty charge notice (PCN) is:
- Something that you can contest
- A civil (not criminal) charge
- Typically handled simply by paying a fine
It is not ideal to receive a penalty charge notice, but it is not the end of the world either. Importantly, you can still challenge a PCN if you feel that it has been issued inaccurately.
How to Challenge a Penalty Charge Notice
You have the option to challenge a penalty charge notice if you would like to do so. Perhaps you will enlist the help of DoNotPay to make this happen, but either way, you should know that you can make an informal challenge to the PCN that you have been issued to start. If that is rejected, then you may need to make a formal challenge to the appropriate authority to help get this taken care of. The appropriate authority, in this case, maybe:
- Dart charge PCN
- Red route PCN
- Congestion charge PCN
- Low emission zone PCN
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There are many others as well, but these are some of the most common places that people appeal to when they are attempting to get their PCN taken care of as quickly and effectively as they possibly can. You will always be able to at least have your case heard if nothing else. If the appeal is agreed to, then you can have the charges for your PCN dismissed entirely and you won't have to pay anything. This is the optimal outcome from your point of view.
What to Do if You Just Want to Pay the Fine?
Some people would rather not deal with the hassle of challenging a PCN even if they believe they have been wronged. It is possible to simply pay the fine and move on with your life if you would prefer to take that route. Those who opt for this choice will need to go to PCN's official website.
This is where they can enter the notice number that appears on their penalty charge notice and see the total of the fine that they are being charged. They may enter their financial details into the website to pay the fine and move on with their day. Some people prefer this method simply because it allows them to get on with everything else that they have to worry about instead of constantly thinking about this one thing. Indeed, it may make it easier for them to take care of other aspects of life that are more important to them at this time. If the fine is small, then it is reasonable that some people will feel this way.
What Does DoNotPay Do to Make It Easier?
DoNotPay has a simple and automated way to make paying your PCN fines quicker and easier. They take the burden off of your shoulders so you can get back to what matters. Here is what they offer:
- Log-in to DoNotPay and go to the Ticket Disputes category. Select the Parking Ticketproduct.
- 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 that simple! When you challenge your ticket, you can use the carefully crafted appeal letter to serve as your argument.
Do Not Worry, DoNotPay Covers Other Tasks as Well
Any task you have in mind that needs to be taken care of ASAP is likely already a service offered by DoNotPay. They currently have the following services (among many others):
- PCN Pay
- TFL PCN
- Learn how long can a PCN be issued after the offence.
- Islington PCN
- Birmingham PCN
- Dispute NYC Parking Tickets.
- Seattle Parking Tickets
- Chicago Parking Tickets
- San Jose Parking Tickets
- LA Parking Tickets
DoNotPay can also help you with:
- Cancel any service or subscription
- Close bank accounts
- Donate plasma for cash
- Find unclaimed money
- Freedom of information act
This means that anything that a person was previously handling on their own can now be taken care of with the help of DoNotPay. They are ready and willing to jump in, and their help will surely be a relief to you as you try to sort through how to take care of everything that is constantly dished onto your plate.