Take the following steps to appeal PCN or ECN for parking:
The first stage would be to write to council to challenge the penalty – this is called making an informal appeal. You should find an address, email address or fax number on the back of the parking ticket. You may also be able to send an appeal online via the council's website. You'll have 14 days to make an informal appeal from when you were given the notice, or 21 days if it was sent to you by post.
In the letter, you need to give the reasons why you're appealing and why you believe the fine is unfair. Include any evidence to back up your reasons if possible and ensure to include your vehicle registration, ticket number, the date the ticket was issues and your address.
- If your informal appeal is rejected
If your informal appeal hasn't been successful or you didn't make one, it's time for you to make a formal challenge. You'll have been a sent a 'Notice to Owner', which includes full payment and formal appeal forms.
Once you receive it, you have 28 days to pay or appeal otherwise the penalty could increase by another 50% and you'll lose the chance to fight the fine.
- If your formal appeal is rejected
If your ECN has been rejected through a formal appeal, you will have to pay the fine as unlike PCN you are unfortunately not able to take this any further.
If you have a PCN there's one last step you can take. At this point, you'll be sent a 'Notice of Rejection of Representations' letter, and a form called a 'Notice of Appeal'. This gives you the opportunity to challenge the ticket at an independent tribunal. Details on how to appeal should be on the Notice of Appeal form.
You'll no longer be able to pay the fine at a reduced rate and will need to submit the form within 30 days.
If you're unsure about going to a tribunal, it could be helpful to know that it is not a court hearing. Going to a Government adjudicator is free and can be done by post, phone or online.
If the independent tribunal disagrees, you should pay the PCN fine as if you refuse, the council are able to take you to court. This will affect your credit rating and you will have to pay court costs.