This blog serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge A Nottinghamshire County Council PCN? The blog explains how you need to prepare for being handed a Penalty Charge Notice by carefully observing every factor influencing your driving actions and by attempting to preserve information regarding your vehicle’s movements (photographs and video clips). A PCN can be difficult to challenge if you are unaware of the Parking, Bus Lane and Moving Traffic contravention codes enforced in your council and if you don’t have a clear idea of which kind of documents can be attached to prove your case.

How Can I Challenge A Nottinghamshire County Council PCN?

You need to approach a Penalty Charge Notice from the viewpoint of a detective in order to gather information relating to all the circumstances which caused you to commit the relevant traffic violation. This means always recording your vehicle’s movements on the roads and parking zones of Nottinghamshire County Council in order to spot evidence for contesting a PCN on the grounds that the contravention never occurred. It also involves keeping medical records of any serious illnesses or health problems that you might be suffering from. These should be medical issues which produce severe symptoms that obscure your vision, greatly diminish your focus or cause muscular or nervous system malfunctions which would lead to a driving error.

Once you keep your eyes peeled for being handed a PCN at any point during your daily road journey in Nottinghamshire Council you will be able to avoid missing out any road sign or enforced Parking Zone, Bus Lane Or Moving traffic contravention. Other than this you will also be able to have at least one piece of evidence with you to disprove the Penalty Charge Notice or to create an acceptable PCN challenge.

The content of your formal representation needs to mention the relevant contravention code you have been charged with and should demonstrate your prior awareness of its existence as you proceed to explain what happened at the traffic violation scene. The Nottinghamshire County Council should not be able to sense any lack of awareness of the enforced contravention code on your part or infer from the PCN challenge that you completely or partially forgot about the restriction in place.

The actual process of writing down or typing the PCN challenge and uploading or attaching evidence with it is quite simple and just requires you to access the Nottinghamshire County Council’s one PCN database by entering your PCN Number and Vehicle Registration Number. If you are sending in your PCN challenge by mail, you need to write it down on the back side of your Notice to Owner and attach evidence in the form of photographs or relevant documents by stapling all the papers together (you can also use a transparent file to arrange all the documents). First class mail takes 1 to 2 days to reach the council and second class mail takes 2 to 5 days so you need to send in your formal representation keeping this in mind.

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 Nottinghamshire County PCN?

You can submit a formal representation to your Nottinghamshire County PCN by writing a letter addressed to the Nottinghamshire County Council or by filling in the online formal representation form on the Nottinghamshire County Council’s official website.

You need to brainstorm reasons for challenging a Nottinghamshire County 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 Nottinghamshire County Council. You need to visit the Nottinghamshire County Council website to submit a formal representation to your PCN. You have to open this webpage to enter your PCN number,your 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 Nottinghamshire 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 VLC player allow you to slow down your video frame by frame and thus take ( a collection of) snapshots to attach with your Nottinghamshire County 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).

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 Nottinghamshire County 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 Nottinghamshire 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.

Another way to send in your Nottinghamshire PCN challenge is by mail. You can write a formal representation to the Nottinghamshire 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).

You should view evidence relating to your Nottinghamshire PCN online before writing down your appeal, so that you end up focusing on refuting the contents of the CCTV video or photographs or your traffic violation. Your PCN appeals form and all accompanying evidence documents (enclosed in an envelope) need to be sent to:

Central Processing Unit,

POBox 10282,

Sutton-in-Ashfield,

NG17 0DX,

The Nottinghamshire County Council will respond to your PCN appeal and your PCN will be cancelled or you will be sent a Notice of Rejection or Representations, which needs to be received promptly in order to contest the notice with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal.

How Can I Pay my Nottinghamshire Parking PCN fine?

You can pay your Nottinghamshire Parking PCN (higher level and lower level PCN) on the Nottinghamshire County Council’s online payments page, by sending a check or postal order through the mail, or by calling Nottinghamshire County Council’s automated payments hotline.

You need to visit the Nottinghamshire County Council website for paying your Nottinghamshire Parking PCN. On this webpage, you can enter your PCN Number and your Vehicle Registration Number. Once you have entered these details you can click on “Next”.

On the next page, you have to enter your payment card details to complete your Nottinghamshire Parking PCN payment. Nottinghamshire County Council accepts Mastercard, Visa Card, Maestro Card, UK Maestro Card, and Visa Electron card for PCN fine payments. 

You might want to call on Nottinghamshire County Council’s automated payments hotline for paying your Nottinghamshire Parking PCN.  For this, you have to call on 0345 520 1357. On the call, you will need to enter your Parking PCN number and 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 Nottinghamshire County Parking PCN by sending a check or postal order payable to “Nottinghamshire 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 Parking PCN Number and  your Vehicle Registration Number written on the back. This payment needs to be sent to:

Central Processing Unit,

POBox 10282,

Sutton-in-Ashfield,

NG17 0DX,

How Can I Pay my Nottinghamshire County Bus Lane PCN fine?

You can pay your Nottinghamshire County Bus Lane PCN (or Nottinghamshire Moving Traffic PCN) on the Nottinghamshire County Council’s online payments page, by sending a check or postal order through the mail, or by calling Nottinghamshire County Council’s automated payments hotline.

You need to visit the Nottinghamshire County Council website for paying your Nottinghamshire County Bus Lane or Moving Traffic PCN. On this webpage, you can enter your PCN Number and your Vehicle Registration Number. Once you have entered these details you can click on “Next”.

On the next page, you have to enter your payment card details to complete your Nottinghamshire County Bus Lane PCN payment. Nottinghamshire County Council accepts Mastercard, Visa Card, Maestro Card, UK Maestro Card, and Visa Electron card for PCN fine payments. 

You might want to call on Nottinghamshire County Council’s automated payments hotline for paying your Nottinghamshire Bus Lane PCN.  For this, you have to call on 0333 1214311. On the call, you will need to enter your Bus Lane or Moving Traffic PCN number and 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 Nottinghamshire County Bus Lane PCN by sending a check or postal order payable to “Nottinghamshire County Council”.  The check or postal order should have your Bus Lane PCN number or your Moving Traffic PCN Number and  your Vehicle Registration Number written on the back.. This payment needs to be sent to:

Central Processing Unit,

POBox 10282,

Sutton-in-Ashfield,

NG17 0DX,

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

A Parking PCN in Nottinghamshire County 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 Nottinghamshire County 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 Nottinghamshire County Council 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 Nottinghamshire County Council. As per your driving license rules, you are bound to abide by Parking, Bus Lane, and Moving Traffic contravention codes in Nottinghamshire County Council.

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

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

Conclusion

This blog post addressed the question “How Can I Challenge A Nottinghamshire County Council PCN?” 28 days is not enough time to begin to understand the contravention code you have been charged a PCN for or to start to realise which evidence could have been saved previously for use as part of the formal representation. It is essential for you to record video footage or to take photographs of your road journeys in Nottinghamshire County Council for use as evidence with a PCN challenge and to also save any documents which prove your mitigating circumstances.

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