This blog serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge A Britannia Parking services PCN?” You should collect evidence to be used with your Britannia PCN challenge each time you visit Britannia Parking’s car parks by saving your paid parking permits and by recording videos of your vehicle’s stay inside a Britannia car park. The only way for you to get your Britannia PCN cancelled is to clearly prove that the traffic violation didn’t occur.

How Can I Challenge A Britannia Parking Services PCN?

Your Britannia Parking PCN can only be challenged online which means that the evidence relating to your parking actions inside Britannia Parking’s car park needs to be saved on your computer for uploading with your PCN challenge. You should write down your Britannia Parking PCN challenge in a word processing software and edit the text to eliminate any reasons for your appeal which do not conform to the established grounds for contesting the contravention code on your Parking PCN.

It is necessary to refine the grounds of your PCN challenge so that Britannia Parking seriously considers your appeal and understands that you are making your point based on authentic evidence material and genuinely did not commit the traffic violation. You can maintain a regularly updated collection of video clips of your Britannia car park visits saved in a separate folder on your computer to use with your Parking PCN challenge.

Other evidence material which can be used to support your Britannia Parking PCN challenge can be scanned copies of your parking permits, scanned copies of your paid Britannia PCNs and scanned copies of your medical certificates (to explain your mitigating circumstances). You need to understand that Britannia Parking aims to efficiently manage and regulate the vehicles using its car parks and any violation of the contravention codes enforced in these zones will lead to a PCN.

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. 

Can I Only Challenge A Britannia Parking PCN online?

You can submit a formal representation to your Britannia Parking PCN by filling in the online formal representation form on Britannia Parking’s official website.You need to brainstorm reasons to challenge a Britannia Parking PCN from the day of your parking violation incident and list them down in word processing software or on paper.

It is essential to have some authentic evidence to attach with your Parking PCN appeal in the form of video footage of your actions inside the car park or videos of you parking your vehicle within the marking of your parking space. You can make sure to record these each time you visit a Britannia Parking Car Park to have some evidence for challenging a future PCN. You need to save scanned copies of your medical certificates explaining your mitigating circumstances, or scanned copies of your pay and display tickets used at Britannia Parking’s Car Parks. 

The evidence must be matched with the grounds for your appeal before describing the incident from your point of view. Your rough formal representation can be edited for clarity multiple times before it is ready to attach to your online appeal to Britannia Parking. You need to visit the Britannia Parking website to challenge your Parking PCN. On this webpage you have to enter your Parking Charge Number and your Vehicle Registration Number and click on “Submit”. 

It is essential to upload authentic evidence material with your Britannia Parking PCN challenge to describe your mitigating circumstances to Britannia Parking and for explaining your point of view of the events which took place at the traffic violation scene..The text of your appeal must state the relevant contravention code on your PCN and explain how you attempted to avoid the error (supported by photos or video footage).

Once you have proofread your appeal to eliminate any reasons for your challenge which might convey a disregard for traffic contravention codes enforced in Britannia Parking’s car parks (by mixing up the contraventions) or reasons which involve forgetfulness to justify your actions, you can submit your online challenge.

What is a Penalty Charge Notice?

A Penalty Charge Notice is a monetary penalty issued to drivers or motorists for committing certain traffic contraventions including violating Parking, Bus Lane, and Moving Traffic restrictions. A PCN is issued for failing to follow Parking zone, bus lane enforcement, and moving traffic restrictions mentioned in the Road Traffic Act 1984 and the Traffic Management Act 2004.

A penalty charge notice can be handed to you by a Civil Enforcement Officer or dispatched to your (DVLA) residential address by post. Traffic contraventions are observed by CCTV cameras and Civil Enforcement Officers before a violation is detected and the vehicle is charged with a PCN.

A PCN might also be issued for failing to pay road charges on time. You have 28 days to decide how and if you would like to challenge your Penalty Charge Notice. After 28 days if you have neither paid nor challenged your PCN, your unpaid PCN amount will be registered as debt at the Traffic Enforcement Centre at the Northampton County Court.

What Do I Need To Know About Britannia Parking?

Britannia Parking has over 25 years of experience in managing car parks across the UK and also of building new car parks over the country. Britannia Parking uses ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) car park management. Britannia Parking uses the following car park management systems:

  • ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition)
  • Pay and Display
  • Pay on Foot
  • CCTV and control room services
  • Manned Patrols

Britannia Parking manages over 800 car parks across the UK. Britannia Parking is based in Dorset County, Its success stories (in car park management) include the following cases:

  • Birmingham Broadway Plaza
  • Poole Quayside Car Park 
  • Transformation of the car parks serving Hotel Collingwood and Fairmont Hotel in Bournemouth
  • The Sheffield Arundel Gate Multi Storey Car Park
  • The Car Park serving BMI Poole Harbour Hospital
  • Croydon Whitgift shopping centre
  • BH2 Entertainment Complex in Bournemouth
  • Harpers Steakhouse, Southampton

How Can I Pay My Britannia Parking PCN?

You should be aware of the fact that you can only pay your Britannia Parking PCN fine online. The PCN fine can be paid online on the Britannia Parking official website. This payment method saves time and is also more precise as your details are entered directly into an electronic database.

If you were looking for a postal order payment option or a choice for paying your PCN fine via an automated payments hotline, you might be disappointed to learn that these options are unavailable for your Britannia Parking PCN.

You need to enter your Parking Charge (Notice Reference) Number and Vehicle Registration Number after opening this webpage to initiate the PCN fine payment online. After clicking “Submit” you will be shown your Penalty Charge Notice information and in the next window, you can enter your payment card details. You must remember to wait for 24 hours after your PCN is issued before attempting to pay it.

Britannia Parking accepts Visa Card, Master Card and Maestro card for PCN fine payments.

What happens if I don’t pay my Britannia Parking PCN within 28 days?

You should not consider a private car park PCN any less than a regular PCN issued by your local council. The lower level parking contravention codes enforced by Britannia Parking make you legally bound to respect them while using the company’s parking zones.

If you neither pay your Britannia Parking PCN within 28 days nor decide to appeal against it, you will be sent a letter from the car park company to pay your PCN in full within 14 days. If you donot pay the PCN within the next 14 days, you (nonpayment) case will be passed on to enforcement agents or bailiffs. Your actions will also result in the filing of a court order (for recovery of debts) against you by Britannia Parking.

Your unpaid Parking PCN amount will be treated as a debt with the Traffic Enforcement Centre at the Northampton County Court.

The court order for debt recovery enforces that the charge certificate amount must be paid in full within 21 days the county court will have to use additional powers to recover the money from your possession which means employing Enforcement Agents, to (contact you or) visit your personal premises.

Can I dispute my Notice of Rejection with POPLA if Britannia Parking dismisses my appeal?

You can dispute your Notice of Rejection of Representations from Britannia Parking with the Parking on Private Land Appeals service (POPLA). Your challenge can be sent in 2 different ways, the first method is to download the POPLA Appeals Form, print it out and send it to the Parking On Private Land Appeals service postal address:

POPLA,

PO Box 1270,

Warrington,

WA4 9RL

The letter must mention the 10 digit reference number contained in your Notice of Rejection from Britannia Parking. You need to remember that the appeal to POPLA is just like a regular Parking PCN challenge. You can upload evidence such as video clips of your traffic violation scenes (taken from inside your vehicle), medical certificates from a certified General Practitioner, and scanned copies of “pay and display” tickets.

The evidence is necessary to convince the Parking on Private Land Appeals service that you did not breach the relevant parking contravention code. You should preferably memorise all these codes before using Britannia Parking’s car parks, so that you know how to challenge a PCN and can do your best to avoid getting one.

If you have mentioned mitigating circumstances in your POPLA appeal, you must be able to explain the cause and effect relationship between the condition which led you to commit the traffic violation (such as leaving your vehicle parked for an extended period of time owing to a medical emergency). The evidence material to be sent with your written representation needs to be a document or photographs from the scene of the incident. You can convert a video clip into photographs by using a video player or video editing software by simply taking snapshots of the relevant frames showing your claim.

A first class mail letter takes between 1 to 2 days to reach POPLA and second class mail takes between 3 to 5 days. So you need to send in your challenge by the 20th day at the latest for it to be considered side by side with Britannia Parking’s legal proposition.

You also need to remember that you must submit a challenge to your Notice of Rejection from Britannia Parking to POPLA within 28 days of receiving your Notice of Rejection.

How can I submit my challenge to the Notice of Rejection of Representations from Britannia Parking Services by using the online form?

In order to submit your challenge to the Notice of Rejection of Representations from Britannia Parking services online, you need to visit the POPLA website. On this page you need to first agree to the terms and tick each one off and enter your 10 digit verification number stated on the Notice of Rejection from Britannia Parking. You need to click on “I Confirm that the operator is correct” and click on “Start Appeal” after that. On the next page you will be asked for your Britannia Parking PCN Number, Vehicle Registration Number, the reasons for your challenge and the evidence material to support your case (which can be uploaded onto the POPLA system).

Here you can easily attach evidence material such as video clips and scanned copies of your medical certificates (for supporting your mitigating circumstances) through your computer. It is also an advantage to be able to first edit the text of your formal representation in a word processing software and then transfer it onto the online appeals form on the POPLA website. A better worded parking contravention challenge which mentions the legal technicalities stated in the Road Traffic Act 1988 or the Traffic Management Act 2004 regarding your parking contravention code to put forward your challenge will be considered as a strong formal representation.

The evidence attached with your challenge should also be correctly matched with the grounds of your appeal and not seem out of place. The document or video clip needs to clearly prove your mitigating circumstances or show that the traffic contravention didn’t occur, and convince POPLA to accept your evidence over that provided by Britannia Parking.

Once POPLA is satisfied that Britannia Parking’s case has been refuted outright by your representation of the matter, the adjudicant (or assessor) of your case will probably make the final decision in your case.

This decision will be sent to both you and to Britannia Parking via email simultaneously. If the decision by POPLA is made in your favour the Britannia Parking PCN will immediately be cancelled.

If your appeal is rejected by Parking on Private Land Appeals service, you will have to pay the fine within the next 28 days to avoid your case being taken to the debt collection stage by Britannia Parking.

At POPLA “assessors” or adjudicators of your case will make their final decision based on :

  • The act of legislation your case (traffic contravention) refers to such as the Traffic Management Act 2004
  • The Code of Practice used by The British Parking Association
  • The articles of evidence put forward by Britannia Parking and you which are representing opposing viewpoints of the situation.

Conclusion

This blog post addressed the question “How Can I Challenge A Britannia Parking Services PCN?” You should match the contents of your PCN challenge with your available evidence material before writing down your formal representation on the Britannia Parking website. The 28 days given to formulate your Britannia PCN challenge need to be fully utilized by going over the articles of evidence you have available with you and making sure that you have clearly disproven the charges levelled by Britannia Parking.

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