This blog serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge A Kendall PCN?” In order to get your PCN cancelled, the contents of your formal representation must clearly mention your genuine mitigating circumstances or explain how the traffic contravention didn’t happen with the help of supporting evidence. This blog contains detailed instructions on recovering your impounded vehicle from the custody of the Cumbria Constabulary.

How Can I Challenge A Kendall PCN?

A Kendall PCN appeal can only be submitted online on the Cumbria County Council website. So you should be prepared for writing this appeal by storing documents on your computer which can be used as evidence to challenge a Kendall PCN. Such data might include scanned copies of pay and display tickets, scanned copies of your medical certificates which indicate a serious health condition, and video recordings of your road journeys in Cumbria County Council. 

Unless you make an effort to compile and save this precious evidence on your computer or laptop, it might be next to impossible to come up with authentic evidence within 14 to 28 days to upload with your formal representation. This fact needs to be emphasised because your Kendal PCN challenge is incomplete without evidence to demonstrate or justify the grounds of your formal representation. The evidence can easily be found available if you use a digital camera or camcorder for recording daily videos of your road journeys in Kendal Town council and save the last 2 or 3 weeks video clips in a readily accessible folder on your desktop.

The Cumbria County Council will play the attached video to understand your point of view of the incident and accept the authentic evidence to cancel your PCN. You can add a description of the video or other background information relating to your traffic violation shown in the video in your Kendal PCN challenge.

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. CCTV cameras and Civil Enforcement Officers observe traffic contraventions 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.

Can I Only Challenge A Kendall PCN on the Cumbria County Council website?

Yes, you can only submit a formal representation to your Kendal PCN by filling in the online formal representation form on the Cumbria County Council website. Kendal Town is a part of Cumbria County Council and Cumbria County Council is responsible for serving and dealing with Penalty Charge Notices in the Town Council. So a Penalty Charge Notice issued in Kendal  Town Council is actually a Cumbria PCN.

You need to brainstorm reasons to challenge a Kendal 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 Cumbria County Council. You need to visit the Cumbria County Council website to submit a formal representation to your PCN. You have to open this webpage for entering your PCN number, Vehicle Registration Number, and a Web Code mentioned on your Penalty Charge Notice. You need to click on “Continue”  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 Cumbria County Council 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 Kendal Town Council (by mixing up the contraventions) or reasons which involve forgetfulness to justify your actions, you can submit the formal representation.

If the Cumbria County 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 can also submit an informal representation to your Kendal PCN (CCTV Bus Lane PCN or a Parking PCN served by a CEO which had to be delivered by post) by accessing your PCN details here. To access the form you need to enter your PCN number and vehicle registration number on this page.

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 sure that you have constructed a strong appeals case to make the council grant you a formal representation, you can submit your form. The informal appeals stage is applicable to PCNs sent by post.

What Can I Do If My Vehicle has been towed away?

If your vehicle has been towed away from the Kendal Town Council you need to call 101 to ask the Cumbria Constabulary about the matter. If your vehicle was towed away for violating your driving license rules, you should have received a form 3078 (seizure notice) by post. Your inquiry will be addressed by the Cumbria Constabulary staff and in case your vehicle has been towed away you will have to visit the Kendal Police Station to get it released.

At the Kendal Police Station you will be required to verify 2 kinds of ID documents such as a passport and a driving licence. You could also use 2 other combinations of documents such as your original birth certificate and your vehicle registration certificate. You should also have the insurance certificate for your vehicle and your V5C vehicle registration certificate (with you) unless this has already been used as one of the 2 ID documents.Your vehicle will be released once all the required (original) documents have been verified and approved.

Vehicles are seized by the Cumbria Constabulary under Section 165 A or the Road Traffic Act 1988 due to a violation of your driving license rules. You must remember to visit the vehicle pound within 7 days of the date mentioned on your form 3078. The amount of money you will need to unclamp your vehicle includes a £200 release fee and storage charges of £20 per day. So for example if your vehicle was towed away by a parking company 3 days ago, you will need (£20×3) + £200 = £260 to get it released from the vehicle pound. This vehicle release and storage charges are set under The Road Traffic Act 1998 (Retention and Disposal of Seized Motor Vehicles).

You should pay your Kendal Parking PCN online before collecting the vehicle from the pound at the Kendal Police Station. But even if you just have £200 or £260 with you (for leaving your vehicle in the pound for up to 3 days), you can still pay the amount at the vehicle pound and claim your vehicle. It is more important to collect your vehicle from the Cumbria Constabulary than to pay your PCN fine because storage fees of £20 are being added every day and your vehicle will no longer be in the vehicle pound after 14 days.

As you will have to pay your Kendal Parking PCN within 14 days when you are recovering your impounded vehicle, it will cost you only £35. Your vehicle pound charges can vary so it is best to get it removed from there as soon as possible. For each week your vehicle is left in the pound you will have to pay £140 extra storage charges.

The Cumbria Constabulary has its police stations located at Workington, Carlisle-Durranhill, Kendal, Whithaven and Barrow.

Once you contact the Cumbria Constabulary by dialling 101 and tell them your vehicle registration number you will be guided to the Kendal Police Station for recovering your impounded vehicle.

You will have to make the payment to release your vehicle from the Kendal Police Station by visiting the location in person with at least £200 in cash or available as credit on your payment card. The Cumbria Constabulary accepts Visa Card, Master Card, Maestro Card, and Solo Card for the payment of vehicle release and storage charges.

The Kendal Police Station is located at this address :

Busher Walk,

Kendal,

Cumbria LA9 4RJ

You can visit Kendal Police Station at any time between 08:00am and 04:00pm from Monday to Friday. Kendal Police station is also open from 08:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturdays. The Kendal Police Station is closed on Sundays. Staff from the Cumbria Constabulary will be available at the pound to address your queries and for receiving the vehicle release charges.

You should have the 2 ID Documents, a copy of form 3078, your vehicle’s MOT certificate, and your vehicle registration certificate (if this is not your ID document). After all these documents have been verified at Kendal Police Station, your vehicle seizure notice will be stamped to authorise the release of the vehicle.

You must remember to recover your vehicle within 7 days from the vehicle pound. If you leave it there for more than 14 days the car might be scrapped or auctioned off. 

How can I pay my Kendall PCN fine?

You can pay your Kendall PCN on the Cumbria County Council’s automated payments hotline or online here. The Cumbria County Council website provides an online payment service for PCN fines. You need to open this webpage to access the Penalty Charge Notice payments portal. Your PCN number and vehicle registration number have to be entered to initiate the payment process. After clicking on “Next”, you will be required to provide your payment card details. Cumbria County Council accepts VisaCard, MasterCard, Maestro Card, DeltaCard, Electron Card, and Solo Card.

You can also pay your Kendal PCN on the Cumbria County Council’s automated payments hotline by dialling: 01293 438 312.. On the call 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 a * sign. This payment hotline is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You should wait to receive a confirmation code for your PCN fine payment before you end the call.

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

A Parking PCN in Kendal Town 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 Kendal Town 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

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

If you neither pay your Kendall 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 Cumbria County 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 or 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 Kendall PCN with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal if the Cumbria County Council dismisses my appeal?

Yes, you can dispute the decision of the Cumbria County 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 Cumbria County 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 Cumbria County 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 Cumbria County 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 Cumbria County Council.

Conclusion

This blog post addressed the question “How Can I Challenge A Kendall PCN?”The reasons for challenging your PCN must be supported by photo or video evidence presenting your point of view of the traffic violation and clearly showing how the contravention never occurred or showcasing the evasive actions you had taken to try to avoid it. The evidence speaks for itself as it clearly justifies your authentic mitigating circumstances such as a serious health condition.

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