This blog post serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge A Gwynedd PCN?” Actively collecting and preserving evidence such as video recordings filmed from inside your vehicle, copies of parking permits or medical certificates to justify mitigating circumstances can save you the embarrassment of being unable to add any proof to back the grounds of your formal representation. This evidence forms the cornerstone of your Gwynedd PCN challenge and needs to be supported by a professionally worded explanation of your mitigating circumstances or a clear rejection of the charge which says that the contravention never occurred.

How Can I Challenge A Gwynedd PCN?

Before typing in your PCN challenge, you need to recall the events of the traffic violation scene and the specific evasive actions taken by you to avoid a bus lane or moving traffic PCN. If you have photographs of the incident, you can use these to prove that the contravention never occurred or a short video clip explaining how you managed to avoid breaching the no entry zone or bus lane. Photographs and video recording of your road trips in Gwynedd Council can be filmed by a family member or friend who travels regularly with you.

Your need to use evidence material to demonstrate to the Gwynedd council how your authentic mitigating circumstances led to your Penalty Charge Notice or use video footage which clearly shows that the traffic contravention never occurred. The evidence should eliminate any doubts in the minds of the Gwynedd council about your actions or the circumstances leading to your actions at the traffic violation scene.

The PCN challenge must not mention any reasons which indicate forgetfulness for justifying your actions or demonstrate a lack of awareness of Parking, Bus Lane and Moving Traffic contravention codes enforced in the council. You can edit your formal representation for clarity by typing it into a word processing software.

The Wales Penalty Processing Partnership handles parking fines or PCNs in Gwynedd Council. You should remember that a Gwynedd PCN can only be appealed within 14 days of receiving your Notice to Owner, so you have to send in your formal representation by the 10th day after carefully attaching all the necessary evidence.

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 Gwynedd PCN?

You can submit a formal representation to your Gwynedd PCN by writing a letter addressed to the West Wales Parking Partnership or by filling in the online formal representation form on the council’s official website.

You need to brainstorm reasons for challenging a Gwynedd 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 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 West Wales Parking Partnership. 

You can submit a formal representation to your Gwynedd PCN by writing an email to pcn-query@wppp.org.uk. You have to mention your email address, Vehicle Registration Number, and PCN number clearly in the correspondence. You can also write down your DVLA postal address mentioned on your vehicle registration (V5C) certificate.

It is essential to upload authentic evidence material with your PCN challenge to describe your mitigating circumstances to the Gwynedd 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 Gwynedd PCN challenge.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). You can mention a checklist at the end of your email to ensure that all your uploaded evidence documents are properly matched with the grounds for your appeal.

Once you have proofread your appeal to eliminate any reasons for your challenge which might convey a disregard for traffic contravention codes enforced in the Gwynedd Council (by mixing up the contraventions) or reasons which involve forgetfulness to justify your actions, you can submit the formal representation. You should save the Wales Penalty Processing Partnership’s email address in your contacts list (and also check your junk emal folder regularly)  in order to receive a timely response to your PCN challenge.

You can even send in your typed PCN challenge to the Wales Penalty Processing Partnership by fax on 01745 839246.

Another way to send in your Gwynedd 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. This appeal should be sent to the Wales Penalty Processing Partnership’s postal address. Your letter should mention your PCN number, date of issue of the PCN, your vehicle registration number, and personal details. 

It is essential to post your written formal representation on time as first class mail takes 2 days and second class mail takes 5 days to reach its recipient. Your PCN appeals form and all accompanying evidence documents (enclosed in an envelope) need to be sent to:

WPPP,

PO Box 273,

Rhyl,

LL18 PEJ

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

A Parking PCN in Gwynedd 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.

For failing to comply with a bus lane contravention code or a moving traffic restriction in Gwynedd Council, you will be charged a £70 Penalty Charge Notice. The 50% early payment discount reduces both these types of PCN fines to £35 if a bus lane PCN is paid within 21 days and a moving traffic PCN is paid within 14 days

How Can I Pay my Gwynedd PCN fine?

You can pay your Gwynedd PCN on the WPPP’s online payments page, in person at any Post Office in Gwynedd Council or by calling on the Wales Penalty Processing Partnership’s automated payments hotline.

If you prefer to make your PCN fine payment online, you can visit the Wales Penalty Processing Partnership website. After opening this webpage you need to enter your PCN number, Vehicle Registration Number, your name, email address, postal address and the amount of your Parking, Bus Lane or Moving Traffic PCN Once you are done, you can click on “Proceed to Payment”.

For paying your PCN you will be asked for your payment card details. The Wales Penalty Processing Partnership accepts Mastercard, Visa Card, Maestro Card and Visa Electron card for PCN fine payments. Diners card and American Express card are not accepted for making PCN payments. Once you have entered the credit or debit card information you can proceed to paying your fine. It must be noted that paying your Gwynedd PCN eliminates any possibility for challenging the Penalty Charge Notice.

Your Gwynedd PCN can also be paid by calling on the Wales Penalty Processing Partnership’s telephone payments service. You have to dial 0845 6056556 and enter your PCN number by using a * sign for the letters in the code. After this you will have to enter your payment card details. This automated payments service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You should wait to receive a confirmation code before ending your call.

What will happen if I don’t pay my Gwynedd 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 Gwynedd Council. As per your driving license rules, you are bound to abide by Parking, Bus Lane, and Moving Traffic contravention codes in Gwynedd Council.

If you neither pay your Gwynedd 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 Gwynedd 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 Gwynedd PCN with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal if the Wales Penalty Processing Partnership dismisses my appeal?

Yes, you can dispute the decision of the Gwynedd 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 Gwynedd 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 Gwynedd 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 Gwynedd 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 Gwynedd Council

Conclusion

This blog post addressed the question “How Can I Challenge A Gwynedd PCN?” As a driver you need to be aware of Parking Zone, Bus Lane, and Moving Traffic contravention codes enforced in Gwynedd Council and create a mental map by linking each code with the location where it is enforced (the relevant codes will show up in your head whenever you drive by the road junction or enter a parking zone). Once you preemptively eliminate any reasons indicating forgetfulness for your traffic violation, you can only end up with a PCN which can easily be challenged by mentioning your mitigating circumstances or simply by showing that the contravention didn’t occur.