A charge certificate is issued on an unpaid parking ticket by a local authority in the UK when all stages of appealing it have either expired or been exhausted with the fine still outstanding. A surcharge of 50% is usually added to the outstanding fine by the charge certificate and if it is not paid, usually within 14 days, a formal request to the County Court – in this case the Northampton Traffic Enforcement Centre (TEC) to recover the fine and all associated surcharges as a civil debt will be made. Councils are not obliged to answer any appeal sent in response to a charge certificate since a formal period of appeal would always precede and predate its issue.
What triggers the Charge Certificate and when can it be legally issued
A charge certificate is authorised by Section 21 of The Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions (England) General Regulations 2007. It can be issued 28 days after the following dates if the parking fine remains unpaid under the following circumstances –
- Where no representations or a formal response to a Notice to Owner have been received by the issuing council within 28 days from the date the Notice to Owner was generated.