This blog serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge A Greater Preston PCN?” You need to study the contravention code on your Penalty Charge Notice before writing down your PCN Challenge and determining whether you actually committed the traffic violation or not. If you have evidence to show that you have not breached a certain Parking Zone, Bus Lane, or Moving Traffic restriction you can attach it with your formal representation to get your Greater Preston PCN cancelled.

How Can I Challenge A Greater Preston PCN?

A Greater Preston PCN can be challenged by writing an formal representation on the printable Penalty Charge Notice Challenge Form and sending it in through the postal service. You can attach evidence such as photographs taken at the traffic violation scene or medical certificates for justifying your mitigating circumstances including serious health conditions which influenced your driving that day,

A written appeal needs to be composed in rough first and edited for clarity and to eliminate any reasons which display a lack of awareness of contravention codes or indicate forgetfullness on your part while committing the traffic violation. The grounds for your Greater Preston PCN appeal should not be unprofessional or casually worded. 

Your Greater Preston Parking PCN should be challenged on the council website for achieving the best results. The contents of your formal representation should be composed offline in Microsoft Word (or any other word processing software) and evidence documents related to the challenge should be stored in a separate folder on your desktop. This data can later be transferred to the online formal representation form.

Your Great Preston PCN appeal should not involve reasons which display a lack of urgency or seriousness on your part, to avoid committing the traffic contravention. 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. 

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 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, you will be sent a charge certificate from the Traffic Penalty Tribunal.

If you don’t challenge a PCN, you should pay the fine within 28 days, otherwise, its amount will increase by 50%. A £70 PCN will be worth £105 if you pay it in the 14 days after receiving your charge certificate.

What is the procedure for appealing against a Greater Preston PCN?

You can submit a formal representation to your Greater Preston Parking PCN by writing an appeal on the downloadable form addressed to the Lancashire County Council or by filling in the online formal representation form on the council’s official website. These 2 methods of challenging a PCN only applies to lower level Parking PCN served for committing traffic violations which get a £50 fine in the council. Lancashire County Council is responsible for enforcing on street parking contraventions in Preston City Council.

You need to brainstorm reasons for challenging your lower level Greater Preston Parking PCN from the day of the incident and list them down in word processing software. It is essential to have some authentic evidence to attach with your PCN appeal in the form of video footage of the traffic violation, medical certificates explaining your mitigating circumstances, or pay and display tickets. 

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 the Lancashire County Council. You need to visit the Lancashire County Council website to submit a formal representation to your lower level Parking PCN. You have to open this webpage to enter your PCN number and your Vehicle Registration Number. You need to click on “Search”  to view your PCN details before filling in the online appeals form.

It is essential to upload authentic evidence material with your PCN challenge to describe your mitigating circumstances to the Lancashire County Council and for explaining your point of view of the events which took place at the traffic violation scene.  If you made a video clip of your traffic contravention, you should save snapshots from it by using a video player or video editing software. 

Most video players such as VLC player allow you to slow down your video frame by frame and thus take ( a collection of) snapshots to attach with your Greater Preston PCN challenge.The text of your appeal must state the parking 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 Preston City Council (by mixing up the contraventions) or reasons which involve forgetfulness to justify your actions, you can submit the formal representation.

Another way to send in your Greater Preston (lower level) Parking PCN challenge is by mail. You should view the evidence relating to your parking contravention before writing down the appeal.

In order to send a PCN challenge by the postal service, you have to download and print out this form. You can write down a formal representation on this form and attach evidence documents or photographs to the form using a stapler or paper clip.On the form you need to mention your name, Vehicle Registration Number, Penalty Charge Notice Number, the Date of Issue of the PCN and your complete postal address.

Your Parking PCN appeals form and all accompanying evidence documents (enclosed in an envelope) need to be sent to:

Lancashire Parking Services,

PO Box 1023,

Preston,

Lancashire,

PR1 3ZA

You can submit a formal representation to your Greater Preston (higher level) Parking PCN by filling in the online formal representation form on the Chipside Lancashire official website. This method for challenging a PCN only applies to higher level Parking PCN served for committing traffic violations which get a £70 fine in the council. Parking PCNs are issued for parking violations committed in the following city centre parking bays owned by Preston City Council. Hill Street Car Park, Trinity Square Car Park, Chapel Yard Disabled Car Park, Avenham Car Park and Penny Street Car Park.

Chipside Lancashire is the partnership between West Lancashire Borough Council, Fylde Borough Council, Hyndburn Borough Council, Chorley Borough Council, Ribble Valley Borough Council, Burnley Borough Council, Pendle City Council and Pendle Borough Council. Each council only uses the Chipside Lancashire online PCN appeals (database) and payments service for dealing with Penalty Charge Notices.

You need to brainstorm reasons for challenging a Greater Preston Parking PCN from the day of the 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 the traffic violation, medical certificates explaining your mitigating circumstances, or pay and display tickets to show that you had paid for your parking space. The evidence speaks for itself and can simply be described by a few lines stating how you have ascertained that the traffic violation never occurred or by writing a detailed explanation of your authentic mitigating circumstances which led to the contravention.

In short the evidence must be matched with the grounds for your appeal before describing the incident from your point of view to create your formal representation. In order to access the form you need to open this webpage to enter your PCN Number, Vehicle Registration Number and a Web Code mentioned on your Greater Preston PCN.. After clicking on Search, you can access your PCN  details on the Chipside Lancashire website.

Another way to send in your Greater Preston (higher level) PCN challenge is by mail. You should view the evidence relating to your Parking, Bus Lane or Moving Traffic contravention before writing down the appeal. 

You can write down a formal representation on paper and attach evidence documents or photographs to the form using a stapler or paper clip. Your letter should mention your PCN number, date of issue of the PCN, your vehicle registration number, and personal details. 

Your PCN appeals form and all accompanying evidence documents (enclosed in an envelope) need to be sent to:

Chipside Lancashire

PO Box 3584,

Chippenham,

Wiltshire,

SN15 9EF

What are the higher-level contraventions for a Greater Preston Parking PCN?

The higher-level contraventions for a Greater Preston parking PCN are as follows:

  • Your vehicle was parked in a restricted street during operational hours
  • You left your vehicle parked in a residential parking bay without displaying a pay and display ticket or another parking permit
  • Your vehicle was parked in a parking zone which is reserved for police vehicles
  • Your vehicle was stopped on a taxi rank
  • Your vehicle had failed to follow a restriction order for vehicles to enter a pedestrian zone
  • Your vehicle was parked with one or more wheels positioned over a footpath
  • Your vehicle exceeds the permitted height or length of a vehicle which can be parked in the area
  • Your parked vehicle is obstructing moving traffic.

What are the lower-level contraventions for a Greater Preston Parking PCN?

The lower-level contraventions for a Greater Preston parking PCN are as follows:

  • Your vehicle is still parked in a parking zone when its indicated time limit has expired
  • Your vehicle was parked with payment made to extend its stay in the parking zone beyond the original parking permit time
  • Your vehicle was parked in the same parking zone within one hour of leaving the zone.
  • Your vehicle was parked in a disc parking space without clearly displaying the parking disc
  • Your vehicle has been left parked with its engine on, in a parking space where this is prohibited.
  • Your vehicle was parked in a parking space without any pay and display ticket or paying any parking charge 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 space for your vehicle.

How can I pay my Greater Preston PCN fine?

You can pay your Greater Preston (higher level) Parking PCN fine online or by sending a check or postal order payable to “Chipside Lancashire”. The PCN fine can be paid online on Chipside Lancashire’s official website (using Visa Card, Master Card, Delta Card, Solo Card or Maestro Card) This payment method saves time and is also more precise as your details are entered directly into an electronic database.

You need to enter your vehicle registration number and Parking PCN number after opening this webpage to initiate the PCN fine payment online. After clicking “Next” you will be shown your Penalty Charge Notice information on the chipside lancashire website and in the next window, you can enter your payment card details. You must remember to wait for 24 hours after your higher level Parking PCN is issued before attempting to pay it.

You can also pay your Greater Preston PCN by sending a check or postal order payable to “Chipside Lancashire”. You also need to attach the payment slip in your “Notice To Owner” document to this payment. The check or postal order should have your PCN number and Vehicle Registration Number written at the back. This payment needs to be sent to:

Chipside Lancashire

PO Box 3584,

Chippenham,

Wiltshire,

SN15 9EF

Your lower level Parking PCN can be paid online as well as by calling the Lancashire County Council’s automated payments hotline. Lower level Parking PCN’s are served for on street parking violations in Preston City 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 “Search”. Lancashire County Council accepts Visa Card, Master Card, Delta Card, Solo Card or Maestro Card for PCN payments. You must remember to wait for 24 hours after your PCN is issued before attempting to pay it.

Your Greater Preston lower level Parking PCN is also payable by telephone. You need to dial the following number to connect to the Lancashire County Council’s payments system: 0300 600 0010. 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. This automated payments hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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). 

How much is the PCN fine for the 2 kinds of Parking PCNs served in Preston City Council?

A Parking PCN in Preston City Council is served for violating higher or lower level parking restrictions. You have to pay £70 for committing a higher level parking contravention and £50 for a lower level parking contravention. If you pay the parking fine within 14 days, you will just be paying £35 or £25 as a 50% discount is applicable to your payment.

You only get PCNs for parking contraventions committed in on street locations (lower level)  or in the 6 city centre car parks (higher level) owned by Preston City Council 

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

You should not ignore traffic contraventions or the Penalty Charge Notices resulting from them or cultivate a careless attitude towards driving in Preston City Council. As per your driving license rules, you are bound to abide by Parking, Bus Lane, and Moving Traffic contravention codes in Preston City Council.

If you neither pay your Greater Preston PCN within 28 days nor decide to appeal against it, you will be sent a charge certificate from the Traffic Penalty Tribunal. The charge certificate increases your PCN fine by 50%, which means you will be paying £105 (or £75) now. 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 Preston City Council.

You will be sent a “Notice of Debt Registration” and a witness certificate from the Traffic Penalty Tribunal if you don’t pay the charge certificate amount within 14 days. 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 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 A Greater Preston PCN with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal if the Council dismisses my appeal?

Yes, you can dispute the decision of the Greater Preston Council in your “Notice of Rejection of Representations” with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal. The Traffic Penalty Tribunal website requires you to enter details given on your Notice of Rejection of Representations, after opening this webpage

You can watch this instructional video here to learn about your challenge process. The video 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 Preston City Council (shown on the bottom part of the page).

After clicking on your specific type of Penalty Charge Notice, you should select “England” (Outside London). In the window which opens up, you should click on the orange box which reads “If you don’t agree with the PCN, you can make representations against it”.

After viewing the instructions on the following page, you need to click on “Start your appeal here” at the bottom of the webpage You will then be required to enter your Vehicle Registration Number, the reference number from the “Notice of Rejection” letter from the Preston City Council, and your PCN number for which the appeal was rejected on this page.

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 upload a copy of your “Notice of Rejection of Representations” letter to your application by using the Traffic Penalty Tribunal’s online portal.

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, maps of the area showing the exact distance your vehicle travelled inside a no-entry zone, and scanned copies of “pay and display” tickets. You should construct a strong appeals case to communicate your mitigating circumstances or to deliver your assertion that the traffic violation never occurred.

The Traffic Penalty Tribunal should be able to ascertain the legitimacy of your situation by viewing evidence material uploaded to the PCN appeals system.

Your appeal of the “Notice of Rejection of Representations” should be submitted to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal within 28 days of receiving your Notification of Rejection from the Preston City Council. You must avail yourself of this chance of a free and independent hearing of your case. 

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

Conclusion

This blog post addressed the question “How Can I Challenge A Greater Preston PCN?” You should keep a list of parking, bus lane and moving traffic contravention codes (marked on a map of the Preston City Council) with you to avoid committing a traffic violation deliberately or unknowingly. Your PCN challenge can only consist of established grounds for contesting the relevant contravention code, so you cannot just mention a spontaneous reason to explain your driving error.

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