On this page we will explain what some common terms that may be used on your parking fines are and what they mean.
Key parking terms explained
What is a Charge Certificate?
A Charge Certificate (CC) is a notice issued to motorists if a PCN is not paid in full or if an appeal is not received within the statutory period of time. The full penalty charge will increase by 50% at this stage.
The Charge Certificate is just an advisory notice. It informs the registered keeper of the next step.
There is no right to appeal at this stage.
If the case is not paid, the debt will be registered at the Traffic Enforcement Centre where Debt Registration papers will be sent.
What is a Debt Registration?
If the case is not paid the debt will be registered at the Traffic Enforcement Centre (TEC) and 'Order for Recovery for Unpaid Penalty' paperwork will be served, increasing the amount by £8.
A witness statement or statutory declaration will be enclosed and if applicable can be filed. There are 3 or 4 grounds depending on the specific form and the respondent will then have 21 days to either pay the PCN or file a witness statement/statutory declaration if one of the grounds apply.
Details are enclosed with the paperwork:
I did not receive the PCN/Notice to Owner (NTO)/Enforcement Notice
I made representation to the Council and did not receive a reply
I appealed to Environment and Traffic Adjudicators (ETA) and did not receive a response
I paid the notice
If this process is not followed and the case is still unpaid we will apply to the Court (TEC) for a Warrant of Execution and the case will be passed to our Debt Recovery Company to recover the debt.
What is a Warrant of Execution?
Once passed to an Enforcement Company the debt increases. The registered keeper will owe Brent the PCN charge and a £75 compliance fee will be added by the Enforcement Agent (bailiff).
A letter will be sent giving 14 days to pay; if no contact with the Enforcement Agent is made an additional Enforcement fee of £235 will be added.
Enforcement fees are now statutory and a further charge will be added if the vehicle is clamped or removed. The vehicle can also be sold at auction.