This blog serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge A Moorlands Rural PCN?”  Your PCN challenge should either convince the council that the contravention never occurred or that it occurred as a result of unforeseen mitigating circumstances which affected your driving abilities. Evidence that has to be used with your PCN challenge needs to be proactively collected by maintaining a separate folder on your computer which contains scanned copies of your paid parking permits, video footage of your vehicle’s journeys in Staffordshire County Council, and other documents demonstrating your authentic mitigating circumstances unforeseeable reasons which prevented you from driving your vehicle normally).

How Can I Challenge A Moorelands Rural PCN?

You can submit a formal representation to your Moorlands Rural PCN on the Staffordshire Moorlands District council website or the Staffordshire County Council website (in case of a Bus Lane or Moving Traffic PCN). The quality of the text of your PCN appeal is what matters most, as well as the relevance and authenticity of evidence material uploaded with your PCN challenge. You can ensure that you have the right kind of evidence to support your case by preserving used pay and display tickets, paid PCN fines, any medical reports about your health conditions, and video recordings of your road journeys in Staffordshire County Council. 

The video footage of your vehicle’s movement through areas with moving traffic and bus lane restrictions in place is the most important piece of evidence to collect beforehand. Other evidence documents can be easily recovered from your possession and uploaded onto your computer within a day or two. So unless you designate another person travelling regularly with you to film these video clips or remember to use the assistance of a passenger in your vehicle for creating these recordings, you will not have any proof to suggest that a traffic contravention never occurred. 

You need to also be aware of the CCTV camera viewing your actions at road turns, road junctions and at paths approaching bus lanes, as ignoring their presence can lead to a PCN that cannot be successfully challenged. It is a good idea to memorise all the bus lanes and moving traffic contraventions enforced in the council by matching them with their location. So you will know which way you have to turn along your daily route before looking at the traffic sign which greatly minimises your chances of committing a driving violation.

It is essential for you to compile a strong appeals case before sending in your challenge so as to avoid being served a “Notice of Rejection of Representations” from the Staffordshire County Council (or the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council), which means the council has denied your PCN 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. 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.

What is the procedure for appealing against a Moorlands Rural Parking PCN?

You can submit a formal representation to your Moorlands Rural Parking PCN by writing a letter addressed to the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council or by filling in the online formal representation form on the Staffordshire Moorlands council’s official website.

You need to brainstorm reasons for challenging a higher level Moorlands Rural 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 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 Staffordshire Moorlands District Council. You need to visit the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council website to submit a formal representation to your Moorlands Rural Parking PCN.

You have to open this webpage to access the car parking challenge form.

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 Staffordshire Moorlands District 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 Moorlands Rural PCN challenge is by mail. You can write a formal representation to the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council on the reverse of your “Notice to Owner” document. This handwritten appeal should be composed gradually by incorporating all the available evidence material to support the grounds for your challenge and should be able to convince the council of your mitigating circumstances (or other acceptable reasons).

Your letter should mention your Parking PCN number, date of issue of the PCN, your vehicle registration number, and personal details. 

Evidence to support your formal representation can be attached to the form using a stapler or paper clip. Your PCN appeals form and all accompanying evidence documents (enclosed in an envelope) need to be sent to:

Parking Services,

PO Box 2994,

Stoke-On-Trent,

ST4 9FG

What is the procedure for appealing against a Bus Lane or Moving Traffic PCN in the Staffordshire County Council?

You can submit a formal representation to your lower level Parking PCN, Bus Lane PCN or Moving Traffic PCN from the Staffordshire County Council by writing a letter addressed to the Staffordshire County Council or by filling in the online formal representation form on the Staffordshire County Council website.  Staffordshire County Council enforces on-street parking contraventions, Bus Lane contraventions, and Moving Traffic contraventions in Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

It is essential to upload authentic evidence material with your PCN challenge to describe your mitigating circumstances to the Staffordshire 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 the VLC Player allow you to slow down your video frame by frame and thus take ( a collection of) snapshots to attach with your Moorlands Rural 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 need to open the Staffordshire County Council website for viewing instructions on how to challenge your Moorlands Rural PCN. You can send your lower level Parking PCN, Bus Lane or Moving Traffic PCN challenge by writing an email to parking@stoke.gov.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 easier for you to write and submit the PCN challenge if you have already saved all your evidence in one folder named evidence or traffic violation photos. You can upload evidence material to the text of your email by selecting video, photo or pdf files from your computer. These files should be under the specified size limit which can be uploaded to your email server. Your email can mention a checklist of the evidence being attached to ensure that nothing is missed out from your formal representation.

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 Staffordshire County 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 Moorlands Rural PCN challenge is by mail. You can write a formal representation to the Staffordshire County Council on the reverse of your “Notice to Owner” document. This handwritten appeal should be composed gradually by incorporating all the available evidence material to support the grounds for your challenge and should be able to convince the council of your mitigating circumstances (or other acceptable reasons).

Your letter should mention your Bus Lane or Moving Traffic PCN number, date of issue of the PCN, your vehicle registration number, and personal details. 

Evidence to support your formal representation can be attached to the form using a stapler or paper clip. Your PCN appeals form and all accompanying evidence documents (enclosed in an envelope) need to be sent to:

Parking Services,

PO Box 2994,

Stoke-On-Trent,

ST4 9FG

How Can I Pay my Moorlands Rural PCN fine?

You should be aware of the fact that you can only pay your Moorlands Rural higher level(Parking) PCN fine online. The PCN fine can be paid online on the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s official website.. This payment method saves time and is also more precise as your details are entered directly into an electronic database. 

After opening this webpage you need to enter your Title, your Full Name, your complete postal address, your mobile phone number, and your email address. Penalty Charge Notice Number and Vehicle Registration Number. You also have to mention your preferred method of contact. Once you have entered these details you can click on “Next”.

For paying your Parking PCN you will be asked for your payment card details. The Staffordshire Moorlands Council accepts Mastercard, Visa Card, Maestro Card, and Visa Electron cards for PCN fine payments. Diners cards and American Express cards are not accepted for making PCN payments. Once you have entered the credit or debit card information you can proceed to pay your fine. It must be noted that paying your Moorlands Rural (higher level) Parking PCN eliminates any possibility for challenging the Penalty Charge Notice.

After you have been served a lower level Parking PCN, Bus Lane or Moving Traffic PCN by the Staffordshire Moorlands Council, you will have to visit the Staffordshire County Council website for paying your PCN or you can call on the Staffordshire County Council’s automated payments hotline. Staffordshire County Council enforces on-street parking contraventions, Bus Lane contraventions, and Moving Traffic contraventions in Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

You need to open the Staffordshire County Council website for paying your PCN. After opening this link you need to click on “Pay your PCN”.. In the form which opens up you can type in the following details. You have to enter your Reference Number (PCN number) twice in the first and last fields on the page, the name shown on your credit or debit card, your postal address including the postcode, and the amount of your (Bus Lane or Moving Traffic) PCN fine which will be £70 or £35 and click on “Continue”. Your Credit or Debit Card number must be entered on the next page.

Your Moorlands Rural Bus Lane or Moving Traffic  PCN can also be paid by calling on the Staffordshire County Council’s telephone payments service. You have to dial 0300 111 8000 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.

 You must remember to wait for 24 hours after your PCN is issued before attempting to pay it.

You can also pay your Moorlands Rural PCN by sending a check or postal order payable to “Staffordshire County Council”. 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 Bus Lane or Moving Traffic PCN number and Vehicle Registration Number written on the back. This payment needs to be sent to:

Parking Services,

PO Box 2994,

Stoke-On-Trent,

ST4 9FG

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

A Parking PCN in the Staffordshire Moorlands District 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 the Staffordshire Moorlands District 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 Moorlands Rural 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 the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council. As per your driving license rules, you are bound to abide by Parking, Bus Lane, and Moving Traffic contravention codes in the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

If you neither pay your Moorlands Rural 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 Staffordshire Moorlands 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 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 Moorlands Rural PCN with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal if the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council dismisses my appeal?

Yes, you can dispute the decision of the Staffordshire Moorlands 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 Staffordshire Moorlands 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 Staffordshire Moorlands 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 Staffordshire Moorlands 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 Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

Conclusion

This blog post addressed the question “How Can I Challenge A Moorelands Rural PCN?” A formal representation needs to be carefully formulated, after taking into account every single factor which influenced your breach of the relevant bus lane or moving traffic restriction in the Staffordshire County Council. Your appeal basically serves to bring to the attention of the Parking Services Officer, authentic evidence or background details relating to the Parking, Bus Lane or moving traffic contravention that the CCTV or human observer might have missed while serving the PCN.

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