This blog serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge A Buckinghamshire PCN?” A Buckinghamshire PCN can be challenged on the council’s official website after putting together a strong appeals case backed by evidence documents such as photographs from the scene. This blog mentions the parking contraventions which can lead to a PCN being served in Buckinghamshire Council.

How Can I Challenge A Buckinghamshire PCN?

A Buckingham PCN challenge should clearly state your mitigating circumstances, with uploaded evidence documents such as medical reports or photographs with a date stamp matching your PCN. If you want to avoid mistakes in your formal representation, you should save a list of the traffic contravention codes in the council classified by their location. This can be used to avoid the embarrassment of mentioning false grounds for your appeal 

You can challenge a Buckinghamshire PCN l with established grounds for contesting the ticket which conforms to Schedule 7 Part 4 or Part 6 Sections 85-87 of the Traffic Management Act 2004. The judgment on moving traffic and parking PCN appeals is exercised in accordance with the provisions of these laws. Mitigating circumstances can also include a Covid-19 related health emergency, which should be supported by a doctor’s report preferably dated from a week or so before the traffic violation.

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. 

What is a Penalty Charge Notice?

A Penalty Charge Notice is a fine or monetary penalty for driving violations. A PCN can be issued in response to any traffic contravention such as a parking contravention, a moving traffic contravention or a bus lane violation.

A PCN may be issued by a Civil Enforcement Officer or by CCTV.  You will be given 28 days to respond to a PCN. If you don’t pay the PCN within 28 days you will be issued a charge certificate.

A charge certificate will increase the PCN penalty amount by 50% of its original value.

Can I Only Challenge A PCN from the Buckinghamshire Council on the official website?

Yes, you can only challenge a PCN from the Buckinghamshire Council by using the formal representation form on the council’s official website. Your Buckinghamshire PCN appeal can be initiated by clicking here. On this webpage you need to enter your PCN number and Vehicle Registration number (as well as a web code provided on your notice). 

Once you are ready to enter your appeal you can click “”Continue” to start your PCN challenge. 

You can view CCTV camera footage of your traffic contravention before constructing your PCN appeal.The reasons for you disputing the PCN must be listed down on paper first and explained using the wording of relevant traffic regulations. These reasons need to be formally compiled into an appeals letter to be submitted to the Buckinghamshire Council along with any material evidence.

So you can take 3 to 4 days for recollecting your thoughts about the traffic violation incident and even check your vehicle to recall the position in which it was parked that day. If you were driving with a passenger, their observations of the scene from the back seat of your vehicle could also help you to explain exactly what happened. Evidence including photos and videos can be attached online using the formal representation form on the Buckingham Council website.

You have to make the challenge to your PCN within 28 days of receiving it.

If the Buckinghamshire Council accepts your PCN appeal, the PCN will be annulled and you will not be liable for paying any monetary penalty. In case the council sends you a “Notice of Rejection” by disapproving of your representation you will have to pay the amount mentioned on your PCN.

You are advised to send in your PCN challenge within 14 days to avail the 50% discount on the fine charges in case your appeal is rejected by the Buckinghamshire Council. If you submit your Buckinghamshire PCN appeal before the 14th day, you will only have to pay £35 (or £25) if your PCN challenge fails.

What are the higher-level parking contraventions for a Buckinghamshire PCN?

The following higher level traffic contraventions apply to a Buckinghamshire Parking PCN:

  • Parking your vehicle inside a restricted street during operational hours
  • Stopping your vehicle at a taxi rank
  • Parking your vehicle with one or more of its wheels positioned over a footpath.
  • Parking your vehicle in a parking bay reserved for police vehicles
  • Your parked vehicle is causing an obstruction to moving traffic.
  • Your vehicle’s dimensions exceed the permitted height and length of the vehicle which can be parked in the area
  • Your vehicle failed to adhere to a restriction order preventing vehicles from entering a pedestrian zone.
  • You left your vehicle parked in a residential parking bay without clearly displaying a pay and display ticket on your car’s windscreen.

What are the lower level traffic contraventions for a Buckinghamshire PCN?

The lower level traffic contraventions for a Buckinghamshire PCN include:

  • Your vehicle is still parked in a parking zone when its indicated time limit has expired.
  • Your vehicle has been left parked with its engine on, in a parking space where this is prohibited
  • Your vehicle was parked again in the same parking zone, within one hour of leaving the zone
  • Your vehicle was parked in a parking space without displaying any pay and display ticket or paying any parking permit charges whatsoever
  • Your vehicle was not parked within the correct markings of a parking bay or parking space and a full wheel of your vehicle was outside the parking slot for your vehicle
  • Your vehicle was parked with payment made to extend its stay in the parking zone beyond the original parking permit time

How can I pay a Buckinghamshire Council PCN?

You should be aware of the fact that you can only pay your Buckinghamshire PCN fine online. The PCN fine can be paid online on the Buckinghamshire Council’s official website (using Visa Card, Master Card, Direct Debit or Maestro Card) This payment method saves time and is also more precise. If you were looking for a postal order payment option or a choice for paying your PCN fine via the council’s telephone hotline, you might be disappointed to learn that these options are unavailable in Buckinghamshire Council. 

You need to enter your PCN number and your vehicle registration number  after opening this webpage to initiate the PCN fine payment online.To complete your fine submission online you also have to enter your payment card details in the next window after clicking “Continue” You must remember to wait for 24 hours after your PCN is issued before attempting to pay it.

You must pay your PCN fine within 28 days. You should pay before 14 days if you don’t want to miss out on the 50% early payment discount (which reduces Parking PCNs to £35 or £25, Bus Lane and Moving Traffic PCNs to £35) 

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How much is the PCN fine for each of the 3 kinds of PCNs served in Buckinghamshire Council?

The 3 kinds of PCNs served in Buckinghamshire Council are a Parking PCN, a Bus Lane PCN and a Moving Traffic PCN. 

The Penalty Charge Notice fine for a Buckinghamshire Council Parking PCN is set at £70 for a higher level traffic violation and £50 for a lower level traffic violation. A 50% discount applies to early payment so If you pay your higher level parking PCN within 14 days, you just have to pay £35. Similarly, if you pay your lower level parking PCN within 21 days, you just have to pay just £25.

If you pay a Bus Lane PCN within 28 days, you will be charged £70 and if you pay it within 21 days, you just have to pay £35. The PCN fine for a moving traffic PCN in Buckinghamshire Council is £70. There is a 50% discount for paying it within 14 days, which reduces the fine to £35.

What will happen if I don’t pay my Buckinghamshire PCN within the 28-day limit?

If you fail to pay your Buckinghamshire PCN within the 28-day limit you will be sent a charge certificate from the Traffic Penalty Tribunal. The charge certificate increases your PCN fine by 50%. You should pay the charge certificate within 14 days as it cannot be appealed and ignoring the charge certificate may result in the filing of a court order (for recovery of debts) against you by the Buckinghamshire Council.

When the charge certificate is also not paid within 14 days, you will receive a “Notice of Debt Registration” and a witness certificate from the Traffic Penalty Tribunal. The unpaid 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 or it will have to use additional powers to recover the money from your possession.

Can I Dispute A PCN from the Buckinghamshire Council with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal if the council dismisses my appeal?

Yes, you can dispute the decision of the Buckinghamshire Council in your “Notice of Rejection of Representations” with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal. For this, you can use the Traffic Penalty Tribunal’s website by clicking this link 

You can watch this instructional video here to learn about your challenge process. It clearly explains how to use the online service offered by the Traffic Penalty Tribunal. On the Traffic Penalty Tribunal webpage, you will first have to select the type of PCN you were served by the Buckinghamshire Council(shown on the bottom part of the page) .

You will then be required to enter your Vehicle Registration Number, the reference number from the “Notice of Rejection” letter from the Buckinghamshire Council, and your PCN number for which the appeal was rejected.

This challenge to an appeal dismissal by the Buckinghamshire Council can only be made online. You can use the online service to challenge multiple “Notices of Rejection” simultaneously. You will require a valid email address to create an account on the Traffic Penalty Tribunal website. You have to attach a copy of your “Notice of Rejection of Representations” letter to your application by using the Traffic Penalty Tribunal’s online portal.

Scanned copies of evidence to strengthen your case such as a pay and display ticket or photographs of the scene can be added along with your explanation. The explanation of your case should be well worded and convince the tribunal of an error on the part of Buckinghamshire Council in adjudicating your case.

You will be able to contact the Traffic Penalty Tribunal adjudicator during the registration of your appeal. The result of your appeal will be communicated to you within 14-28 days of submission. If the adjudicator decides the case in your favour, the PCN will be cancelled by the Buckinghamshire Council.

Conclusion

This blog post addressed the question “How Can I Challenge A Buckinghamshire PCN?” Your moving traffic PCN appeal should convince the Buckinghamshire Council of your attempts to avoid the wrong turn or the disregard of a no entry sign.

 If you can create a map in your mind matching the relevant roads and junctions in Buckinghamshire Council with the traffic contraventions enforced there, you will rarely end up with a situation where you have deliberately breached the moving traffic or bus lane contravention. 

It will be an uphill task to successfully challenge a PCN for someone who does not actively pay attention to road signs or their intended traffic contravention codes.

Citations

Traffic Management Act 2004 Part 4 Moving Traffic Contraventions

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