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PremierLeague-News.Com - If you fall foul of the drop-off charge rules, you might be issued with an £80 parking charge notice - here's what to do if you're issued with one
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Heathrow Airport has a myriad of ways to arrive for a flight, but the least costly is surely utilising the drop-off zones rather than parking up while you go away. Unfortunately, breaking the drop-off charge rules can add an unexpected extra cost to your holiday. Introduced by Heathrow Airport in 2021 having been proposed a year earlier, the drop-off charge scheme aims to reduce airport traffic. Airport bosses also say it will safeguard jobs and reduce congestion. But falling foul of the rules can prove costly; the charge is just £5 but failing to pay that could result in an £80 Parking Charge Notice (PCN). Although this is reduced to £40 if paid within 14 days, it's an unnecessary extra to worry about when you return from holiday. Read more: Heathrow Airport blasted for having to extend passenger caps The charge applies to the passenger drop-off zones in front of the terminal buildings. But if you believe you've been wrongfully hit with a PCN, there is a route to challenging it - here's everything you need to know about the charge, how to appeal against it and the exemptions to paying it. What is the drop-off charge and how do I pay it? The charge is a relatively new feature at Heathrow and is levied at each vehicle that enters a drop-off zone. The £5 charge applies each time someone drives into the terminal drop-off zones. It applies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There are no ticket machines but the charge can be paid online in advance via debit or credit card. Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras are used to record which vehicles enter the zones. However, anyone who fails to pay in advance will be slapped with a PCN. According to Heathrow Airport, "Terminal Drop-Off Charges apply to the passenger drop-off zones in front of the terminal buildings – zones also known as the terminal forecourts. There are signs on the roads in and around the airport to let drivers know the chargeable zones. Read More Related Articles British holidaymakers travelling to Spain must prove they can spend £85 every day during stay Read More Related Articles Heathrow passenger's ingenious queue idea mimicking Thorpe Park rides to help holidaymakers "A £5 charge applies each time you drive into a terminal drop-off zone. We use automatic number-plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to record vehicle movements. "There are no barriers; you incur a charge when you enter the drop-off zone. We issue Parking Charge Notices (PCNs) to vehicle owners who do not pay their Terminal Drop-Off Charge. "You must not leave your vehicle unattended in the terminal drop-off zones.
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." What exemptions or discounts are available? Anyone who holds a Blue Badge can apply for a full discount, even if they don't drive or own a vehicle. Blue Badge holders apply for the discount for the vehicle that drops them off, be it a taxi or the car of a friend or relative. Another alternative is that the first two hours of parking in long stay car parks is free for Blue Badge holders. All you have to do is use the call point upon entry and exit and state the blue badge number and registration. Blue Badge holders can apply for their discounted drop-off up to three months before or by midnight the day after their drop-off. But there are also other discounts available. Those using roadside recovery vehicles, two-wheeled motorbikes or buses and coaches are all eligible for 100 per cent discounts. They are automatically applied to the vehicle - but there are no exemptions for electric vehicles. How to challenge or pay the drop-off PCN Anyone who wishes to apply for a refund can do so by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can chat with an agent on webchat or send an email to or call customer services on 0333 200 7459. If you have a complaint about the Terminal Drop-Off Charges, email APCOA email@example.com. Anyone who wishes to view evidence regarding their PCN and pay it can do so atheathrowdropoff.apcoa.com/trip/vrn. Read next Warning over new air conditioning laws in Spain Heathrow Airport's top travel tips 2.1 million extra minutes spent at Heathrow Airport security as people leave banned items in hand luggage Man in 50s rushed to hospital after collision between coach and car near Heathrow Airport How to get to Heathrow Airport from Reading via M4, Elizabeth Line, bus and more
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