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A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) is issued if your vehicle breaks parking regulations such as:
The charge for blocking dropped kerbs and parking more than 50cm from the kerb is £70, reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days.
Portsmouth City Council has powers to operate civil parking enforcement, and employs Civil Enforcement Officers to ensure parking schemes and restrictions are followed. Penalty Charge Notices are issued under the Traffic Management Act 2004. You can read more about Penalty Charge Notice statistics and download the form for Challenging a Penalty Charge Notice.
Please visit the Parking and Traffic Regulations Outside London (PATROL) site for further information on Penalty Charge Notices and civil enforcement.
Alternatively, Know your parking rights offers advice on parking tickets and appeals.
We only act on dropped kerbs leading to residential garages and driveways at the property owner’s request. The owner will need to prove that the dropped kerb is used for vehicle access. This means that no enforcement action is taken if a dropped kerb is no longer used – for example, where an extension has replaced a garage or driveway.
The Traffic Management Act 2004 enables Portsmouth City Council to issue Penalty Charge Notices by post if:
A postal Penalty Charge Notice will be sent to the registered keeper/owner of the vehicle within 14 days of the parking regulations being broken.
If you receive a Penalty Charge Notice you can either pay it, or appeal against it (see below). You will receive a discount if you pay within 14 days – please read your PCN for details.
You may pay by cash, cheque, postal order or a debit or credit card in the following ways:
If you feel that you have been issued with a Penalty Charge Notice incorrectly, you may challenge it in writing only within 14 days:
If you challenge a PCN but are not successful, you will still be able to pay at the discounted rate – as long as your appeal is made within 14 days of the issue of the PCN.
If your challenge is unsuccessful, the registered owner/keeper of the vehicle may appeal further following the issue of the Notice to Owner which is sent after we receive their details from the DVLA.
If this appeal is not upheld, the registered owner/keeper may refer the case to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal for independent adjudication.
Further information on appealing a PCN can be found on the Challenging a Penalty Charge Notice page.
If a PCN issued to your vehicle remains unpaid after the appeal process has been completed and a Charge Certificate has been issued, the council will register the amount outstanding as a debt with the Traffic Enforcement Centre, Northampton County Court.
If the charge is still not paid we will instruct a bailiff to collect the outstanding debt owed – this can lead to considerable extra fees added by the bailiff company.
Once a warrant has been issued to a bailiff, the council is unable to accept payment or appeal directly – contact should be made with the bailiff concerned. We use two bailiffs: Marston Group and Whyte and co.
We only use bailiffs as a last resort – if you are having difficulty paying a PCN please contact us immediately. We may be able to set up a payment plan, but not after a warrant has been issued.
Fees charged by bailiffs are laid down in legislation – more fees may be added for further action taken by the bailiff, such as:
If you have any doubts regarding the identity of a bailiff enforcing a warrant on behalf of the council, check their details on the Certified Bailiff Register.
Portsmouth City Council is starting a trial, over the summer, of biodegradable Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) bags to replace existing single use plastic. The PCN bags will change to yellow in colour, making them more obvious to drivers on the windscreen. When the driver throws the bag in the rubbish, it will biodegrade in the landfill in approximately six months.