DRIVERS are being warned not to ignore parking tickets – even if they plan to appeal them.
Those who do neglect to do anything about the fines could risk being forced to pay expensive extra charges – and bailiffs could even come knocking.
What are the risks of ignoring a parking ticket?
Ignoring correspondence about parking tickets can have serious consequences.
Even if you plan to appeal, the complaint must be logged within 28 days – if you received your ticket more than 28 days ago you might not be able to appeal it.
And in some cases, if you pay the fine within 14 days then the charge could be reduced.
And if you continue to ignore a ticket it could mean:
- You have to pay additional court costs
- If you receive a penalty charge notice (PCN) and don’t pay, the cost could be increased by as much as 50 per cent
- It could affect your credit rating
- Bailiffs could come knocking to seize belongings
How do parking fees, notices and tickets differ?
Fees and parking tickets differ, with several types of charge and differences depending on whether the fine is issued privately.
Penalty charge notice (PCN)
Drivers can be slapped with a PCN for breaking parking rules, failing to follow traffic rules and failing to pay congestion charges.
You can pay the charge online, or check your ticket for other ways to pay.
Fixed penalty notice (FPN)
Parking FPNs are issued by he police, local council or Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
You can pay them online.
You can also receive an FPN for speeding and minor motoring offences.
Standard and excess charge notices
Standard and excess charge notices are usually issued by the council on public land.
This could be on a high street or a council car park.
You can be ticketed for parking by private companies, like a supermarket car park.
How do you appeal a parking ticket?
If you have received a ticket that you think is incorrect, you can appeal it.
And more than half of motorists have successfully appealed parking firms from local councils, an investigation by The Sun found.
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