This blog serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge A North Tyneside Council PCN?” As a North Tyneside PCN can only be challenged by using the council website, you should have evidence material relating to your road journeys, readily available on your computer. You must remember not to mention any grounds for your appeal which display a lack of awareness of traffic contraventions or indicate forgetfulness to justify your actions on the scene.

How Can I Challenge A North Tyneside Council PCN?

You should maintain video recordings of your road trips in North Tyneside council to prove your actions at a traffic violation scene. The evidence available to the North Tyneside council will only show the video captured from the (mobile or fixed) CCTV camera. Your case will be decided on the basis of testimony provided in this media clip unless you have contradictory video footage to dispute the CCTV version.

The digital camera or camcorder filming your driving actions needs to be operated by a passenger in your vehicle. You may be handed a Penalty Charge Notice rather unexpectedly and be left clueless as to how you can find any evidence relating to the traffic contravention. 

If you want to avoid mistakes in your formal representation, you should save a map (or list) of the traffic contravention codes enforced on different road junctions in North Tyneside council. You can simply search for the location where your PCN was issued and attempt to dispute the Penalty Charge notice by mentioning the relevant contravention code and by asserting that the violation never occurred, with the help of authentic photos or video clips. This can be used to avoid the embarrassment of mentioning false grounds for your appeal in case you mix up similar contravention codes.

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 North Tyneside PCN on the official website?

Yes, you can only challenge a North Tyneside PCN on the official website.

You need to click on “Manage your Penalty Charge Notice” after opening this web page. A new window will open where you should enter your PCN number and Vehicle Registration Number to login to the PCN database.This payments and appeals service has the same account so you must be careful not to click on the PCN payment option after you log in. You can view CCTV camera footage of your traffic contravention before constructing your PCN appeal.

The reasons for you disputing the PCN need to be typed in a word processing software first and edited for clarity before being explained using the specific wording of the traffic contravention. These reasons need to be formally compiled into an appeals letter to be submitted to the North Tyneside Council with uploaded evidence material.

So you can take 3 to 4 days for recollecting your thoughts about the traffic violation incident and noting down any actions you took to prevent your vehicle from breaching a bus lane or no entry zone. These actions must be backed by photos or video footage from the scene. Evidence including photos and videos can be attached online using the North Tyneside Council website.

You have to make the challenge to your PCN within 28 days of getting it by post or by the 27th day from the date it was issued by a Civil Enforcement Officer on the scene.

If the North Tyneside 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.

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

The 3 kinds of PCNs served in North Tyneside Council are Parking PCNs, Bus Lane PCNs and Moving Traffic PCNs. 

The Penalty Charge Notice fine for a North Tyneside Parking PCN is set at £70 for a higher level traffic violation and £50 for a lower level traffic violation. A 50% discount applies to early payment so If you pay your higher level parking PCN within 14 days, you just have to pay £35. Similarly, if you pay your lower level parking PCN within 14 days, you just have to pay just £25.

If you pay a Bus Lane PCN within 28 days, you will be charged £70 and if you pay it within 21 days, you just have to pay £35. The PCN fine for a moving traffic PCN in North Tyneside Council is £70. There is a 50% discount for paying it within 14 days, which reduces the fine to £35.

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

If your vehicle has been towed away from the North Tyneside Council you need to call 101 to ask the Northumbria Police 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 Northumbria Police staff and in case your vehicle has been towed away you will have to visit the Whitley Bay Police Station to get it released.

Next, you will be required to verify 2 kinds of ID documents such as a passport and a driving licence at the Whitley Bay Police Station. 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.

Vehicles are seized by the Northumbria Police 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 Whitley Bay Police Station 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 North Tyneside Parking PCN online before collecting the vehicle from the pound at the Whitley Bay 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 Whitley Bay Police Station 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 North Tyneside 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.

Once you contact the Northumbria Police by dialling 101 and tell them your vehicle registration number you will be guided to the Whitley Bay Police Station for recovering your impounded vehicle. The Northumbria Police has its (vehicle recovery) police stations at 28 different locations.

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

Whitley Bay Police Station is located at this address :

Whitley Bay Police Station,

Park View Shopping Centre,

4 Park View,

Whitley Bay,

NE26 2TH

You can visit Whitley Bay Police Station at any time between 9:00 am and 04:30 pm from Monday to Thursday and from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday. Whitley Bay Police station is closed on weekends. Staff from the Northumbria Police will be available at the pound to address your queries and for receiving the vehicle release charges. You must remember to be courteous to the police officers at the Whitley Bay Police Station, as your vehicle might be freed in a period of up to 2 or 3 hours.

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 by the  Northumbria Police staff, your vehicle seizure notice will be stamped to authorise the release of the vehicle.

You need to go to the Whitley Bay Police Station with a cash payment or payment card for payment of vehicle release charges and any vehicle storage expenses (incurred by the vehicle pound). Next, you need to pay the required charges and your vehicle is free. 

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 sold by the Northumbria Police

How can I pay my North Tyneside PCN?

You should be aware of the fact that you can only pay your North Tyneside PCN fine online. The PCN fine can be paid online on the North Tyneside 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 North Tyneside Council. 

You need to click on “Manage your Penalty Charge Notice” after opening this web page. A new window will open where you should enter your PCN number and Vehicle Registration Number to log in to the PCN database.  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 Tyneside Bus Lane PCN within 21 days, you will have to pay just £35.

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

If you neither pay your North Tyneside 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 North Tyneside 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 North Tyneside PCN with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal if the North Tyneside Council dismisses my appeal?

Yes, you can dispute the decision of the North Tyneside 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 North Tyneside 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 North Tyneside 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 “Notice of Rejection of Representations” appeal should be submitted to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal within 28 days of receiving your Notification of Rejection from the North Tyneside 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 North Tyneside Council.

Conclusion

This blog post addressed the question “How Can I Challenge A North Tyneside PCN?” Your North Tyneside PCN challenge should be able to correctly describe the series of events that led to the traffic contravention and provide specific information about any mitigating circumstances affecting your driving on that day. You also have a second chance to get your PCN canceled by disputing your Notice of Rejection of Representations from the North Tyneside Council at the Traffic Penalty Tribunal.