This blog serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge A North Tandridge PCN?”  A North Tandridge PCN challenge should contain evidence documents or photographs to support your reasons for disputing the Penalty Charge Notice . A thorough awareness of Parking, Bus Lane and Moving Traffic contravention codes is essential before making a formal representation to the Sevenoaks District Council.

How Can I Challenge A North Tandridge PCN?

The Sevenoaks District Council is responsible for enforcing parking, bus lane and moving traffic contraventions across North Tandridge District Council and will also decide the result of your North Tandridge PCN challenge. To challenge a North Tandridge PCN, you need to visit the Sevenoaks District Council website or write a formal representation to the Sevenoaks District Council parking appeals team. If you are submitting your PCN challenge online, you have to keep evidence such as photographs or video clips available in a folder on your computer in order to timely upload it with your formal representation. Other documents such as medical certificates for proving your mitigating circumstances also need to be converted to their digital form by using a scanner.

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 North Tandridge District 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 Sevenoaks District 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 Sevenoaks District council about your actions or the circumstances leading to your actions at the traffic violation scene.

It is essential that you formulate a strong appeals case before submitting your formal representation to the Sevenoaks District Council so that you don’t end up with a Notice of Rejection of Representations from the council. The “Notice of Rejection” implies that your appeal has been refused.

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 North Tandridge PCN?

You need to begin your PCN challenge by recalling the events that led to your traffic violation and by listing any mitigating circumstances that affected your actions that day. Only events and mitigating circumstances which can be explained by using photos or video evidence or other documents such as medical certificates (already in your possession) should be considered as grounds for an appeal.

Some details might occur to you a day or two after the incident as the information sinks in to reveal minute details. It is advisable to allow yourself up to 4 days to carefully review all the facts regarding your Parking, Bus Lane or moving traffic contravention. If you are sure that the relevant contravention code was never breached, you can simply attach photo or video evidence or an (authentic) written statement from a bystander present at the scene with your North Tandridge PCN challenge.

You need to visit the Sevenoaks District Council website to submit a formal representation to your PCN. You can challenge your North Tandridge PCN online by clicking here On this webpage you will see a chat window with the chatbot max. You need to interact with the chatbot by providing your PCN Number and Vehicle Registration Number. Once these details are verified by the virtual assistant, you can type in your PCN appeal with relevant reasons and evidence (which can be uploaded to the system). 

If you wish to bypass the chatbot and access your online formal representation form directly, you can click here. All you need to do is simply enter your PCN number and vehicle registration number and a Web Code mentioned on your Penalty Charge Notice, in the entry fields. It is essential to upload authentic evidence material with your PCN challenge to describe your mitigating circumstances to the Sevenoaks District Council and for explaining your point of view of the events which took place on 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 Sevenoaks District 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 North Tandridge 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 (on the Sevenoaks District Council website) 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.

Another way to send in your North Tandridge PCN challenge is by mail. You can write down a formal representation on paper and attach evidence documents or photographs to the form by using a stapler or paper clip. Your letter should mention your 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 by 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 Team,

Sevenoaks District Council,

Argyle Road,

Sevenoaks,

Kent,

TN13 1HG

If Sevenoaks 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 Sevenoaks District Council?

A Parking PCN in Sevenoaks 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 Sevenoaks 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.

How can I pay my North Tandridge PCN fine?

You should be aware of the fact that you can only pay your North Tandridge PCN fine online. The PCN fine can be paid online on the Sevenoaks District Council’s official website (using Visa Card, Master Card, Direct Debit, or Maestro Card) This payment method saves time and is also more precise as your details are entered directly into an electronic database.

If you were looking for a postal order payment option or a choice for paying your PCN fine via the council’s telephone hotline, you might be disappointed to learn that these options are unavailable in Sevenoaks District Council. 

You need to enter your vehicle registration number and PCN number after opening this webpage to initiate the PCN fine payment online. After clicking “Next” you will be shown your Penalty Charge Notice information and in the next window, you can enter your payment card details. You must remember to wait for 24 hours after your PCN is issued before attempting to pay it.

You must pay your PCN fine within 28 days. You should pay before 14 days if you don’t want to miss out on the 50% early payment discount (which reduces Parking PCNs to £35 or £25 and Moving Traffic PCNs to £35). If you pay your North Tandridge Bus Lane PCN within 21 days, you will have to pay just £35.

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

If you neither pay your North Tandridge 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 Sevenoaks 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 it 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 North Tandridge PCN with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal if the Sevenoaks District Council dismisses my appeal?

Yes, you can dispute the decision of the Sevenoaks 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 Sevenoaks 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 Sevenoaks 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 Sevenoaks Council. You must avail 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 Sevenoaks District Council.

Conclusion

This blog post addressed the question “How Can I Challenge A North Tandridge 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 North Tandridge District 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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