This blog answers the question “When Can I Challenge A PCN from Camden Council?”You may choose to appeal your Camden Council PCN if you have sufficient evidence to prove your case to the council. This blog explains the PCN appeals process in detail and advises the reader on how to successfully challenge an incorrect Penalty Charge Notice.

When Can I Challenge A PCN from Camden Council?

You can challenge a PCN from Camden council if you have wrongly been charged for a traffic contravention or because some facts were not presented to the CEO concerning your alleged violation. You should choose to pay a PCN which has been served on Band B roads because when you pay the higher level PCN fine within 14 days for these roads it only amounts to £30.

You can challenge a PCN from Camden Council online. If you make this challenge within 14 days your PCN will be put on hold at half its value. But if you are unsure of what happened that day, it is advisable to just pay the PCN instead of challenging it. If the appeal fails your PCN fine will increase even further.

There is something different about the roads in the London Borough of Camden. These roads are also categorised into Band A and Band B. For Band A roads the high level charge is set at £130 and a low level charge is set at £80. Band B roads have a high level charge of £110 and a low level charge of £60. The Band B roads are roads on the fringes of the Camden Council.

In many cases, PCNs are not enforceable and you may be able to win your case and avoid having to pay your fine.

You could begin the process by speaking to an online solicitor for as little as £5. 

Which Roads Are Considered as Band B roads in Camden Council?

The following roads are included in Band B roads for calculating your Camden Council PCN charge. If you are issued a Bus Lane CCTV or moving traffic PCN on a Band B road, you will have to pay 110If you get a Parking PCN on these roads, you will be charged £110 for a high level fine and £60 for a low level fine (if you pay it between 14-28 days):

  • Bisham Gardens
  • Briardale Gardens
  • Burgess Hill
  • Hampstead Lane
  • Heath Passage
  • Highgate High Street
  • Kilburn High Road (located north of Oxford Road)
  • Menelik Road
  • North End
  • North End Road
  • Plats Lane
  • Lanuff Road
  • Richborough Road
  • Shoot up Hill
  • SouthGrove 
  • Spaniards End
  • The Grove
  • West Heath Road
  • Westbere Road

What Is A Penalty Charge Notice?

A Penalty Charge Notice is a fine or monetary penalty for driving or road offences.You will be given a period of 28 days to respond to a Penalty Charge Notice. If you fail to pay the fine or appeal it, you will be sent a charge certificate. 

A charge certificate increases the penalty amount of the PCN by 50% and has to be paid within 14 days. The charge certificate cannot be appealed.

How Can I Challenge A PCN from Camden Council?

You need to mention the following in your written appeal to the Camden Council:

  • The Penalty Charge Notice number
  • Your vehicle registration number
  • Your address
  • The reasons for challenging the Camden Council PCN (which should be acceptable legal reasons)

You can also attach any photographs, pay and display tickets, amateur video of the incident or sound recordings which might support your case along with copies of any related sections of the Traffic Management Act 2004.

Your written challenge to the PCN needs to be sent (with the necessary evidence) to this address:

Representation and Appeals,

5 Pancras Square,

London,

N1C 4AG

Your PCN challenge letter must be sent to Camden council within 28 days of the PCN being issued.

How much is the PCN fine for a Camden Council PCN?

The Penalty Charge Notice fine for a Camden Council PCN can be £130 or £80, depending on which traffic violation is mentioned on the PCN. If the traffic contravention committed by you matches the rules for a higher level PCN fine, you have to pay £130 (from between 15 and 28 days of getting the PCN). 

In case the reason for issuing your PCN is categorised as a lower level traffic offence, you will have to pay just £80 if you pay within 28 days.

These charges only apply to the 2 kinds of PCN’s you can be given on Band A roads in Camden Council. Band B roads have a £110 fine for a higher level PCN and £60 for a lower level PCN.

There is also a 50% discount applicable (given certain conditions) on the 2 kinds of Band A and Band B road PCN’s in Camden Council. If you pay a higher level Camden Council PCN within a period of 14 days it will only cost you £65.

For a lower rate (CCTV) PCN there is also a 50% discount on the PCN charge if you pay it within 21 days. The new PCN fine for the lower rate PCN paid within 21 days will be £40. These discounted fines of £65 and £40 are applicable to PCN’s served while travelling on Band A roads.

If you were driving on a road on the fringes of the Council you will be paying even less for a higher level PCN if you pay within 14 days (£55) and for a lower level PCN just £30 if you pay it within 21 days.

For which traffic violations is a Penalty Charge Notice issued for?

A Penalty Charge Notice is a monetary penalty for driving offences which include fines:

  • For a vehicle which has been parked in a prohibited street during prescribed hours. Vehicles are not allowed to park on yellow lines in prescribed hours except those driven by a blue badge holder (a person registered disabled).
  • For a vehicle which has been parked in a restricted street within 15 metres of a junction (on double yellow lines)
  • For a  vehicle which has been parked in violation of traffic cones in a street which has been closed off.
  • For a vehicle which has been parked in a resident’s parking zone without having a valid parking permit or a valid pay and display ticket.
  • For a vehicle which has been parked in a resident’s parking zone (in the pay and display bay) following the expiry of a pay and display ticket. A pay and display ticket should be purchased for the entire duration of time you might have to park your vehicle in a particular spot. 

So if you might need to spend 20-30 minutes more you should probably choose a different parking ticket in the first place.

  • For a vehicle which has been left parked in any pay and display bay not clearly showing the parking ticket. The pay and display ticket need to be properly visible to the CEO or CCTV watching the parking bay. A 5 minute observation period will be granted to fix the situation before issuing the PCN
  • For a vehicle which has been brought into and parked within the same parking bay within one hour or within any other specified no return time limit (after leaving the parking area.)
  • For a vehicle which has not been parked entirely inside the markings of a parking bay and with one full wheel shown to be beyond the correct limits of a parking zone space.
  • For exceeding a vehicle parking ticket’s time limit by 10 minutes or more. Blue Badge or disabled parking holders are exempt from this rule
  • For being parked in a disabled person’s reserved parking space without clearly showing a blue badge
  • For a vehicle incorrectly parked in a mandatory cycle lane instead of being parked in a parking bay.
  • For a vehicle which has been left parked on any portion of or inside a school keep clear marking.
  • For a vehicle which has been left parked within a pedestrian zone. It also applies to a vehicle’s entry into a pedestrian zone, as vehicle entry is banned from these areas.
  • For vehicles which have been left parked on any portion of the footpath located adjacent to a pedestrian crossing.
  • For a vehicle which has failed to move out of a pedestrian crossing area in time or has been braked or brought to rest by a driver on a pedestrian crossing.

Why have I been sent a bus lane PCN from Camden Council?

You could be sent a bus lane PCN from Camden Council only for the following traffic violations regarding the bus lane:

  • For a vehicle parked within the markings of a bus lane during its operational hours.
  • For breaching the limits of a bus lane and disregarding a no entry sign for a bus only street or bus lane.
  • For a vehicle which has been spotted inside a bus lane (during its operational hours) by a fixed or mobile CCTV camera.The exact contravention code for a fixed CCTV camera PCN and a mobile CCTV camera PCN are different.

How can I pay my Camden Council PCN?

It is best to make your Camden Council fine payment online on the council website using Visa Card, Master Card, Direct Debit or Maestro Card. This method saves on time and is also more precise.All the Camden Council website www.camden.gov.uk will ask you for is your vehicle registration number and the PCN number.

But if you want to pay by post you need to attach a check or postal order payable to “The London Borough of Camden” and send it to this address:

5 Pancras Square,

London,

N1C 4AG

You can also choose to pay your Camden PCN by telephone. You need to dial the following number to connect to Camden Council’s payments system : 0207 974 6104. Next you need to enter your payment card details on the call as well as your card’s billing address. Your vehicle registration number and PCN number are also needed to complete your payment.

You need to pay the fine within 28 days of getting the PCN and before 14 days if you want to avail the 50% discount on offer.

What happens if I fail to pay my Camden Council PCN before the 29th day?

If you don’t pay your Camden Council PCN before the 29th day you will be sent a charge certificate from Transport for London. A charge certificate increases the amount you have to pay by 50%, which means you will now be paying 120 or 195 now depending on whether you have been charged with a high level or low level traffic violation. A charge certificate cannot be appealed.

If you don’t pay the charge certificate in the next 14 days, you will be sent a “Notice of Debt Registration” and a witness certificate in the mail from TfL. Now the unpaid amount of your charge certificate has been registered as debt with your local Traffic Enforcement Centre. This court order enforces that the charge certificate amount must be paid within 21 days from getting the order.

Conclusion

This blog post addressed the question “When Can I Challenge A PCN from Camden Council?” You can challenge a PCN received in Camden Council if you were sure that you did not commit the traffic violation mentioned on the Penalty Charge Notice. If you feel that you may have made a parking or moving traffic error while driving your vehicle then it is better to just pay the fine within 28 days instead of challenging the PCN.

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Citations

Traffic Management Act 2004