Parking and traffic violations
Parking fines issued by the council are called penalty charge notices or PCNs. They require payment of a penalty, and do not result in a criminal record or points on a driving licence.
Parking penalty charge notices are issued when a driver parks a vehicle in contravention of the regulations. PCNs for parking contraventions issued in Harrow are between £60 and £130 depending on the severity of the contravention. This is reduced by 50% to between £30 and £65 if paid within 14 days.
PCNs for moving traffic offences that are observed via CCTV such as driving in a bus lane are £130 and reduced to £65 if paid within 14 days.
If you receive 3 or more unpaid PCNs and the PCNs are not subject to challenge you will not be eligible for a parking permit in this borough.
The council processes penalty charge notices according to the regulations, which specify the steps we must take in order to recover payment of the fine. There is also provision for drivers to have a formal appeal against a PCN heard by an independent parking adjudicator.
If you receive a penalty charge notice, it will include a description of the offence. For information on legal grounds for challenging your PCN, see the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service website legal grounds for challenging a PCN. Also see the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service website for more about the enforcement process.
Challenging a Penalty Charge Notice
If you feel you have been issued with a PCN incorrectly, you can challenge the PCN.
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