This blog serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge A Lymington PCN?” Your Lymington PCN challenge should either convince the New Forest District Council that the contravention never occurred or that it occurred as a result of unforeseen mitigating circumstances which affected your driving abilities. You need to correctly recall any mitigating circumstances which influenced your actions at the traffic violation scene and add photographs, video footage or medical documents to prove their existence.

How Can I Challenge A Lymington PCN?

A PCN served in the Lymington and Pennington Town Council can be challenged by sending your written formal representation to the New Forest District Council or by registering a PCN appeal on the New Forest District Council website. Lymington and Pennington Town Council is a part of the New Forest District Council and the New Forest District Council is responsible for serving and dealing with Penalty Charge Notices in the Lymington Town Council. 

For challenging a Lymington Parking PCN, you can use your pay and display ticket to show that you did not exceed the time limit for parking your vehicle (Contravention Code 82) along with a video clip showing your vehicle parked in the parking area for the exact duration of the parking permit. You have 10 minutes to remove your vehicle after the expiry of the time mentioned on your pay and display ticket, so if your (parking camera or digital camera) video films your vehicle from the time it entered the parking space, you can use it to successfully challenge the Parking PCN.

For challenging a Bus Lane or Moving Traffic PCN, you need to clearly show that the traffic contravention didn’t occur by using photographs of your vehicle or video footage of the evasive action taken to successfully avoid breaching the restriction in place at the location.

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.

Can I Only Challenge A Lymington PCN on the official website?

Yes, you can only challenge a Lymington PCN on the New Forest District Council official website.

Lymington and Pennington Town is a part of the New Forest District Council. New Forest District Council is the regional authority responsible for administrating Penalty Charge Notices in Lymington Town Council.You can submit a formal representation to your Lymington PCN by filling in the online formal representation form on the Newforest District Council website.

You need to brainstorm reasons to challenge a Lymington 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 Newforest District Council. You need to visit the New Forest District council website to submit a formal representation to your PCN. You have to open this webpage to enter your PCN number and Vehicle Registration Number as well as 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 New Forest District 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 Lymington Town council (by mixing up the contraventions) or reasons which involve forgetfulness to justify your actions, you can submit the formal representation.

You can also submit an informal representation to your Newforest District Council 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.

On what grounds can I challenge a Lymington Bus Lane CCTV PCN?

You can challenge a Bus Lane CCTV PCN from Lymington and Pennington Town Council on the following grounds :

  • You did not enter a bus lane during operational hours and the CCTV has wrongly charged you with a PCN as you were just trying to access premises next to the bus lane. Contravention code 34 J.
  • You did not ignore or disregard a “no entry” sign for a bus lane, the contravention code 51 J needs to be mentioned, before proving that the violation didn’t happen. 
  • Your vehicle was not parked in a bus lane during its operational hours. Contravention code 34M or 34 F.

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

A Parking PCN in Lymington and Pennington 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 Lymington and Pennington 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

How Can I Pay my Lymington PCN fine?

You can pay your Lymington PCN fine on the New Forest District Council online payments page, by visiting one of New Forest District Council’s information offices or by calling New Forest District Council’s automated payments hotline.

If you choose to make your PCN fine payment online, you should visit the New Forest District council website. After opening this webpage you can click on “Pay a Penalty Charge Notice Online”. On the page which opens up, you have to enter your PCN number and Vehicle Registration number. You need to click on “Search” to search for your PCN details in the New Forest District Council’s online database. After selecting to pay your PCN, you will need to enter your payment card details.

You might want to call on the New Forest District Council’s automated payments hotline for paying your PCN. To pay by this method, you have to call on 0300 456 0626. On the call, you will need to enter your PCN number and your payment card details. You can use the * key to enter the letters in your PCN number. This payment hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You should wait to receive a confirmation code for your PCN payment before ending the call.

You can also pay your Lymington PCN at one of the Newforest District Council’s Information Offices. These offices are located at Fawley, Fordingbridge, New Milton, Hythe, Lymington, Totton and Eling and Ringwood Gateway and Lyndhurst. The Lymington Information Office is located on the following address:

Town Hall, 

Avenue Road,

Lymington,

SO41 9ZG

You can visit Lymington Information Office from Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm to pay your PCN. In order to contact the Information Office for details regarding paying your Lymington PCN, you can call on 023 8028 5000..

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

If you neither pay your Lymington 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 New Forest District 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 Lymington PCN with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal if the New Forest District Council dismisses my appeal?

Yes, you can dispute the decision of the New Forest District 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 New Forest District 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 New Forest District 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 New Forest District 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 New Forest District Council.

Conclusion

This blog post addressed the question “How Can I Challenge A Lymington PCN?” You need to be aware of the contravention code mentioned on your Penalty Charge Notice and have evidence to challenge it ready with you by expecting to be given a PCN anyday. The best way to be prepared for challenging a PCN suddenly handed to you is by recording video clips of your road trips in Lymington Town Council, as these can be used as evidence for Parking, Bus Lane and Moving Traffic PCNs.