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How to Appeal PCM Parking – Should You Pay or Not?

Janine Marsh Thrifty Family
Janine Marsh Thrifty Family

Janine Marsh

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Janine is a financial expert who supports individuals with debt management, cost-saving resources, and navigating parking tickets.

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· Mar 1st, 2024
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Got a fine from PCM Parking? You’re not alone. Each month, I offer guidance to over 32,000 people who are looking for guidance on parking tickets and fines. It can be worrying and hard to understand, but there’s no need to fret.

In this easy-to-understand guide, you’ll learn:

  • What PCM Parking is and why they give tickets.
  • What a PCN from PCM Parking means.
  • How to make a strong case to appeal your ticket.
  • The cost of a PCM Parking fine and if you must pay it.
  • What happens if PCM Parking do not accept your appeal.

I know how it feels to get a parking fine and how confusing the process can be, so I’m here to help. Let’s dive in and learn more about how to tackle your PCM Parking fine.

Do You Have to Pay?

In some circumstances, you might have a legitimate reason not to pay your fine.

It’s a bit sneaky, but the last time I needed legal advice, I paid £5 for a trial to chat with an online solicitor called JustAnswer.

Not only did I save £50 on solicitor feeds, I also won my case and didn’t have to pay my £271 fine.

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Do you have to pay Parking Control Management?

As mentioned, you only ‘have to pay’ a Parking Control Management fine when a court orders you to. In short, a parking ticket on private land is not immediately enforceable.

The operator must take you to court, win a case against you in a small claims court, and get the court to order you to pay!

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Make a PCM UK Ltd appeal

There’s an appeals process to follow when you challenge a PCM UK Ltd parking ticket. The time limit is set at 28 days to make your appeal online. However, if possible, try to appeal the parking charge within 2 weeks.

If the operator rejects your appeal when you appeal the charge within 14 days, you’d get to pay the reduced fine!

Also, make sure you provide enough evidence to support your appeal or the operator could reject it.

Everything is placed on hold when the operator gets your appeal. So, they can’t chase you for payment while they assess your appeal!

What is the best excuse to appeal a parking ticket?

I’ve listed some of the best excuses to appeal a parking ticket here:

  • You parked correctly and paid the right fee
  • There was no way for you to pay
  • The parking charge arrived well after 14 days of the alleged infringement
  • The parking charge contains clerical errors
  • The signage was unclear and the road markings were faded
  • An emergency prevented you from getting back in time
  • Your car broke down
  • You weren’t given a grace period before the parking charge was issued

Successful Appeal Case Study


Initial Fine £100
Additional Fees £171
Total Fine £271

The Appeal Process

Scott used JustAnswer, online legal service to enhance his appeal. The trial of this cost him just £5.

Total Fine £271
Cost of legal advice £5

JustAnswer helped Scott craft the best appeal possible and he was able to win his case.

Scott’s fine was cancelled and he only paid £5 for the legal help.

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What happens when PCM Parking rejects an appeal?

All is not lost if PCM Parking rejects your appeal against the charge. The operator sends you a letter of rejection which must contain details on what to do next.

For example, the letter must tell you the following:

The IAS decision is final which means if your appeal is upheld, the operator must cancel the charge. But if the IAS sides with the operator, you’d have to pay PCM Parking!

How to avoid paying PCM parking tickets

If you want to avoid paying a PCM parking ticket then you’ll need an airtight appeal.

The best way to perfect your appeal is getting a little advice from a Solicitor. I’d 100% recommend spending a fiver to get a trial of JustAnswer.

You can explain your situation in their chat and they’ll connect you with a Solicitor who can advise you and give you the best chance to win your appeal.

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Getting the support of a Solicitor can take a huge weight off your mind.

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Will PCM Parking start court proceedings?

Yes. There’s always a chance that PCM Parking will start court proceedings over an unpaid parking charge. However, first, the operator sends out payment reminders to the registered keeper.

Next, you’d get a payment demand and threats of court action!

The operator could do any of the following:

  • Take you to court themselves to recover the amount
  • Instruct a debt collection agency to chase you for payment

Threats of court action may only be a tactic to get you to pay. But an operator shouldn’t threaten court action if they aren’t going to follow through! In short, not taking them seriously could be risky.

So, what do you do? You have two choices which I’ve detailed below:

Pay the parking ticket as soon as possible Within 2 weeks so you pay 40% less
Appeal the parking ticket within 2 weeks If the operator rejects it, you pay 40% less

Hire a Parking Solicitor for less than a coffee.

If you’re thinking about appealing your parking ticket then getting some professional advice is a good idea.

Getting the support of a Solicitor can make your appeal much more likely to win.

For a £5 trial, Solicitors from JustAnswer can look at your case and help you create an airtight appeal.


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Janine Marsh Thrifty Family
Janine is a financial expert who supports individuals with debt management, cost-saving resources, and navigating parking tickets.