Has a bailiff visited you to collect Parking Penalties? This guide can help.
Parking penalties on public land or highways are issued by the local authority. They are known as PCNs or Penalty Charge Notices. You have 28 days to pay a penalty charge notice and if you pay within the first 14 days you only have to pay half the penalty charge.
If your parking error was caught on camera rather than by a traffic warden and the PCN was posted to you, you have 21 days during which you will only have to pay 50% of the full penalty charge from the day you recieved the letter.
If you don't pay the penalty charge within 28 days the council who issued the notice will send you a 'Notice to Owner'. Once this has been recieved you have a further 28 days to pay the full penalty charge. If you do not pay again the penalty charge will be increased by a further 50%.
If you are still unable to pay the fine, the council will treat the penalty as a debt. Following this you will receive a court order demanding payment known as an 'Order of Recovery'.
At this point, the debt will be registered with the Traffic Enforcement Centre and bailiffs may be called in to recover the debt.
Learn more about your rights when a bailiff visits.