This blog serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge A Greenwich PCN?” Your PCN challenge should either convince the Royal Borough of Greenwich that the contravention never occurred or that it occurred as a result of unforeseen mitigating circumstances which affected your driving abilities. The evidence provided with your formal representation must be authentic and serve to eliminate any doubts about your actions on the scene of the traffic violation.

How Can I Challenge A Greenwich PCN?

You can challenge a Greenwich PCN by writing a formal representation on your Notice to Owner. This appeal needs to be compiled by brainstorming through your recollection of events from the scene of the traffic violation. Once you can note down some specific details which conform to the established grounds for challenging the relevant contravention code, you need to search for available photo or video evidence clearly showing the actions.

It is essential for the reasons in your challenge to relate to serious mitigating circumstances, which affected your driving and caused the error or to prove beyond any doubt (by providing photo or video evidence) that the traffic contravention never occurred. You should attempt to maintain a record of your road trips on a digital or smartphone camera, which can be operated by a passenger travelling with you.

 These photos and videos can be uploaded to a folder on your computer and will come in handy when you have to attach proof of your actions at a traffic violation scene. You only have 28 days to come up with evidence supporting the reasons for your appeal. The challenge to your Greenwich PCN can also be made effectively by using the online formal representation form on the council website.

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 offences. A PCN can be issued for any legal traffic contravention, such as a parking contravention, moving traffic contravention or bus lane violation.

The charges of your PCN will also vary depending on whether it has been issued for a higher level violation or for a lower level violation. A PCN may also be served for refusing to pay road charges.

A PCN may be issued by a Civil Enforcement Officer or by CCTV. You will be given 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 which increases the PCN fine by 50% of its original value.

What is the procedure for appealing against a PCN in the Royal Borough of Greenwich?

You can appeal against a PCN in the Royal Borough of Greenwich by writing a formal representation letter.  The informal challenge stage only applies to Parking PCN served by a CEO or to  a CCTV Bus Lane PCN.You can write a PCN appeal to the council mentioning your PCN number and vehicle registration number. 

The formal representation has to be made on your “Notice to Owner” after filling out your personal details on the form. In your appeal you can  include the text of the sections of the Traffic Management Act 2004 or the Road Traffic Act 1984 relating to your case.The PCN appeal should also be signed and dated by you on the last page. The completed Notice to Owner document along with any medical documents, pay or display tickets or photographs attached as proof needs to be sent to:

Parking Services,

Royal Borough of Greenwich,

PO Box 1621,

Century House,

1 The Lakes,

Northampton NN1 9LA

You can also challenge your Greenwich PCN online by clicking here. On this webpage you need to enter your PCN number and Vehicle Registration number and click “”Search” to start your PCN challenge. This payments and appeals service has the same account so you must be careful not to click on the PCN payment option after you log in.

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 Royal Borough of Greenwich 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. Evidence including photos and videos can be attached online by using the Royal Borough of Greenwich Council website.

You can also submit an informal representation to your Greenwich PCN (CCTV Bus Lane PCN or Parking PCN served by a CEO) by accessing your PCN details here. You have to fill out the informal representation form by typing your full name, email address and the contents of your informal representation. Once you are done, you can click “submit”. The informal appeals stage is applicable to PCNs sent by post.

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

If the Royal Borough of Greenwich 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.

How much is the PCN fine for each of the 3 kinds of PCNs served in the Royal Borough of Greenwich?

The 3 kinds of PCNs served in the Royal Borough of Greenwich are Parking PCNs, Bus Lane PCNs and Moving Traffic PCNs. 

The Penalty Charge Notice fine for a Greenwich 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 14 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 the Royal Borough of Greenwich is £70. There is a 50% discount for paying it within 14 days, which reduces the fine to £35.

How can I pay a PCN in the Royal Borough of Greenwich?

You can pay a PCN in the Royal Borough of Greenwich through the postal service, by telephone, in person or online here

The Royal Borough of Greenwich Council website has a system for viewing your PCN details before paying the PCN. You need to open this webpage to access the Penalty Charge Notice payments system. Your PCN number and vehicle registration number have to be entered to initiate the payment process.

Once you click “Search” you will be directed to your online PCN, where you can choose to pay the fine. In the next window, you will be required to provide your payment card details. The Royal Borough of Greenwich accepts VisaCard, MasterCard, Maestro Card, DeltaCard and Electron Card for PCN payments.

You can also pay on the Royal Borough of Greenwich Council’s automated payments hotline by dialling: 0300 332 0202. Next, you will be required to provide your payment card details, PCN Number, and vehicle registration number. You can enter your PCN number by replacing the letters with the * key. This payment hotline is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich also accepts PCN fine payments by post. You need to send a check, postal order, or bank draft payable to “Royal Borough of Greenwich”. You can write down your PCN Number and Vehicle Registration Number on the back of your check or postal order. The Royal Borough of Greenwich does not accept post dated checks.

Send your PCN fine payment to this address:

Parking Services,

Royal Borough of Greenwich,

PO Box 4773,

London SE18 6YD

You can pay your Greenwich PCN in person by visiting Woolwich Centre or Eltham Centre. PCN fine payments at these locations can be made in cash, through payment cards,by postal order or by check. Woolwich Centre is located at this address:

The Woolwich Centre,

35 Wellington Street,

London SE 18 GHQ

Eltham Centre is located at this address:

The Eltham Centre,

2 Archery Road,

London SE9 1HA

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

If you fail to pay your Greenwich PCN within the 28-day limit you will be sent a charge certificate from Transport for London. 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 Transport for London.

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 Greenwich PCN with the London Tribunals if the council dismisses my appeal?

Yes, you can dispute a Greenwich PCN with the Traffic Adjudicators at London Tribunals within 28 days of getting your “Notice of Rejection of Representations” from the council. You have to fill in the form provided to you with the Notice of Rejection and mail it to this postal address:

London Tribunals,

PO Box 10598,

Nottingham,

NG6 6DR

 You can also choose to dispute the “Notice of Rejection” from your council with the London Tribunals online by clicking on the “Access the Appellants Portal” button on this webpage. All you will be required to do is simply enter your Vehicle Registration Number, PCN number, and the reference number or code from your “Notice of Rejection of Representations” letter.

You can attach copies of evidence documents online to back up your appeal against the decision of the Royal Borough of Greenwich Council. Such evidence may also include a signed and dated written statement describing what happened on the scene according to the viewpoint of a bystander.

London Tribunals will notify both you and Greenwich Council of the hearing date. If the Royal Borough of Greenwich contests your appeal, it will provide you with a copy of its application along with the evidence sent by it to the Traffic Adjudicators at London Tribunals. In case the independent parking and traffic adjudicator decides the case in your favour, the Royal Borough of Greenwich Council will promptly withdraw the PCN.

If the PCN is cancelled at this stage, you will have to pay nothing. If the London Tribunals decide the case in the council’s favour, you will be given another 28 days to pay the PCN fine.

Conclusion

This blog post addressed the question “How Can I Challenge A Greenwich PCN?” You must remember to attach or upload material evidence supporting the reasons for your Greenwich PCN challenge which can consist of video footage showing that you had parked within the limits of your designated parking space that day.You should prepare a checklist of all the evidence you wish to attach with your Greenwich PCN challenge and tick off each item after uploading it along with your formal representation form. 

Citations

Royal Borough of Greenwich website

The Woolwich Centre

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