Parking fine debt recovery process
If you do not pay or challenge a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) within 28 days of the date it was issued, the council will obtain the details of the registered keeper from the DVLA. The registered keeper will then be sent a Notice to Owner, which formally advises them of the outstanding charge and provide them with a formal opportunity to make a representation against the penalty.
If you do not pay or submit a formal representation to the Notice to Owner, the charge will increase by a further 50% and the registered keeper will be sent a Charge Certificate. Once a Charge Certificate has been sent, you have lost your legal right to challenge the Penalty Charge Notice.
If no payment is received within 14 days of the date of the Charge Certificate, the Council will apply to register the outstanding debt with the Traffic Enforcement Centre at Northampton County Court. The registered keeper will then be sent an Order for Recovery. At this stage, the charge will increase by a further £8.
If the PCN remains unpaid for 21 days following the registration of the debt, a Warrant of Control (formerly known as a Warrant of Execution) will be issued and the case will be passed to an Enforcement Agent (formerly known as a Bailiff) to recover the amounts owed.
Enforcement Agents (formerly bailiffs)
Once a PCN is passed to an Enforcement Agent, it is subject to the provisions of the Tribunal, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007. This legislation splits Enforcement Agent action into three different stages, each with their own additional fees which you will have to pay on top of the outstanding sum of the PCN.
Compliance - following the PCN being passed to the Enforcement Agent, they will write to you or visit you within 14 whole days to serve a Notice of Enforcement. This notice advises of the outstanding debt plus any additional fees. Following the delivery of this notice, if the debt remains unpaid the case will then progress to the Enforcement Stage.
- Fees: Compliance stage - £75
Enforcement - this stage involves the attendance of an Enforcement Agent to recover the monies owed plus additional fees incurred. Please note the fee of £235 is payable from the first attendance when an enforcement agent visits your premises.
- Fees: Enforcement stage - £235 (plus 7.5% for debts over £1,500)
Sale - this stage involves the selling of your goods in order to pay the outstanding debt plus any additional fees incurred.
- Fees: Sale stage - £110 (plus 7.5% for debts over £1,500)
If you have been contacted by an Enforcement Agent, please contact the Enforcement Agent immediately. The Enforcement Agent is listed on the Warrant of Control (formerly known as Warrant of Execution). You can contact the relevant Enforcement Agent on the following numbers:
- Marston - 0845 074 3749
- Equita - 0844 561 8807
- Newlyn - 01604 633001