Avoid private parking charges this Christmas

With the two-week circuit breaker now over, Northern Ireland consumers will be leaving their homes for some last minute Christmas shopping. Therefore, increasing the risk of receiving a private Parking Charge Notice (PCN).

The Consumer Council is urging consumers who have received a PCN to contact them in the first instance for advice and help in appealing it, within 28 days.

Noleen Charnley, Senior Consumer Protection Officer at The Consumer Council, said: “Nobody wants to end 2020 with a PCN, especially with the additional spending we do already at Christmas. If you receive a PCN you have 28 days to appeal it. Appeals not received within this timeframe will not be accepted.

“Any consumer receiving a PCN should contact us in the first instance. We can appeal this on your behalf, especially if you believe it has been issued unfairly.”

Noleen added: “In the last 12 months, The Consumer Council has assisted almost 2,000 consumers across Northern Ireland and successfully appealed PCN’s totalling £156,500.”

If you have received a PCN, please contact The Consumer Council on Freephone 0800 121 6022 or email [email protected]. You can download our Private Parking Charges Factsheet from www.consumercouncil.org.uk

Last updated 4 months ago