This blog serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge A PCN in the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames?” A Penalty Charge Notice served in the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames can only be contested online, which may be good or bad for your appeal’s prospects depending on your age and habits. This blog explains the procedure for recovering your impounded vehicle from the Metropolitan police.

How Can I Challenge A PCN in the “Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames”?

You can easily challenge a PCN in the “Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames” by visiting the official website. This website clearly explains how to challenge your Penalty Charge Notice and also states unacceptable reasons for an appeal, which should be avoided. You must not provide these kinds of grounds for your actions otherwise this precious opportunity for challenging your PCN will be wasted.

You must collect and preserve evidence of your road presence in the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames. Scanned copies of pay and display tickets, vehicle parking camera video footage, and scanned copies of any previous PCNs served to you should be stored on your laptop or computer. This information comes in handy the day you are charged with a Penalty Charge Notice and start searching for appropriate reasons for challenging the decision of the CCTV or Civil Enforcement Officer on the scene.

If you don’t have this data with you beforehand, it might be impossible to recover essential evidence to support your case. It might not be possible for you to search for or transfer parking permits, medical reports, or parking camera video onto your computer to make your appeal within 28 days.

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. 

Can I Only Challenge A PCN from the “Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames” on the official website?

Yes, you can only challenge a PCN from the “Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames” on the official website. This website can be accessed by clicking here. On this webpage, you need to enter your PCN number and Vehicle Registration number and click “Continue” to start your PCN challenge. Evidence documents can be uploaded online.

The reasons for you disputing the PCN must be listed down on paper first and explained using the wording of relevant traffic regulations. These reasons need to be formally compiled into an appeals letter to be submitted to the “Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames” along with any material evidence.

So you can take 3 to 4 days for recollecting your thoughts about the traffic violation incident and even check your vehicle to recall the position in which it was parked that day. If you were driving with a passenger, their observations of the scene from the back seat of your vehicle could also help you to explain exactly what happened.

You should first view the traffic contravention for which your Kingston PCN was issued by entering your PCN number and Vehicle Registration Number here

The “Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames” encourages online PCN representations only, so if you are not keen on using the council website for challenging your case you must make sure that you pay the fine within 28 days (preferably in 14 days) 

What is a Penalty Charge Notice?

A Penalty Charge Notice is a fine or monetary penalty for driving offences. A PCN can be issued for any legal traffic contravention, such as a parking contravention, moving traffic contravention, or bus lane violation.

The charges of your PCN will also vary depending on whether it has been issued for a higher-level violation or a lower-level violation. A PCN may also be served for refusing to pay road charges.

A PCN may be issued by a Civil Enforcement Officer or by CCTV. You will be given 28 days to respond to a Penalty Charge Notice.

 If you fail to pay the fine or appeal it, you will be sent a charge certificate which increases the PCN fine by 50% of its original value.

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

If your vehicle has been towed away in the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames you need to call 101 to ask the Metropolitan 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 Metropolitan police staff and in case your vehicle has been towed away you will have to visit the Charlton or Perivale vehicle pound 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 vehicle pound. 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 Metropolitan 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 vehicle pound within 7 days of the date mentioned on your form 3078. The amount of money you will need to unclamp your vehicle includes a £150 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) + £150 = £210 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 Parking PCN online before collecting the vehicle from the pound at Chalton or Pevisdale. But even if you just have £162 or £210 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 Metropolitan Police pound 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.

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.

The 2 vehicle pounds which the Metropolitan Police use for storing impounded vehicles are the Charlton and Perivale pounds. Once you contact the Metropolitan Police by dialling 101 and tell them your vehicle registration number you will be guided to either the Charlton Pound or the Perivale Pound for recovering your impounded vehicle.

You will have to make the payment to release your vehicle from the vehicle pound at Charlton or Perivale by visiting the location in person with £150 in cash or available as credit on your payment card. The Metropolitan Police accepts Visa Card, Master Card, Maestro Card, and Solo Card for the payment of vehicle release and storage charges.

This Charlton pound is located at this address :

Bramshot Avenue,

Charlton,

London,

SE7 7HY

If you are travelling by road, you can reach Bramshot Avenue via the pedestrian underpass from Siegbert Road or get to Bramshot Avenue from Eastcombe avenue instead. The nearest railway stations from Bramshot Avenue are Charlton railway station and Westcombe Park railway station. The nearest London Underground Station is North Greenwich Underground station by Jubilee Line.

The nearest bus routes from Bramshot Avenue are :

  • Bus Route 53, from Plumstead to County Hall. It has a stop at Woolwich Road, where you should get off the bus.
  • Bus Route 54, from Elmers End Interchange to Plumstead Road.
  • Bus Route 108 from Stratford International to Levisham Road
  • Bus Route 202 from Crystal Palace Parade to Blackheath/Royal Standard
  • Bus Route 286 from Queen Mary’s Hospital (Main Entrance) to Greenwich Tower Centre / Cutty Sark
  • Bus Route 380 from Belmarsh Prison to Molesworth Street. It has a stop at Bramshot Avenue
  • Bus Route 386 from Woolwich High Street to Royal Parade
  • Bus Route 422 from North Greenwich Station to BexleyHeath Clock Tower

You can visit the pound at any time between 11:30am and 7:30 pm . The Charlton Vehicle pound is open 7 days a week. The £110 or £55 Parking PCN fine has to be paid the way a regular Kingston PCN is paid before you make your visit to your vehicle pound.

The Perivale pound is located at this address:

Walmgate Road,

Perivale,

Greenford

UB6 7LR

If you are travelling by road the only entrance to Perivale Pound is on Walmgate Road. The nearest railway station from Walmgate Road is South Greenford. The nearest London Underground Station is Perivale Underground Station, located on the West Ruislip branch of the Central Line. 

The nearest bus routes from Walmgate road are Bus Route 95 from Southall Broadway to Shepherd’s Bush Green and Bus Route 297 from Pounds Lane/Willesden Bus Garage to Ealing Broadway Station/ Haven Green (Bus Route 297 has a stop at Perivale Station).

You can visit the Perivale Pound at any time between 11:30 am and 7:30 pm. The Perivale Vehicle pound is open 7 days a week. Staff from the Metropolitan Police will be available at the pound to address your queries and for receiving the vehicle release charges.

You should have the 2 ID Documents, a copy of form 3078, your PCN (for parking the vehicle unattended), your vehicle’s MOT certificate, and your vehicle registration certificate (if this is not your ID document).

If your vehicle has been towed away you need to go to the vehicle pound 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 recycled.

The Metropolitan Police only stores impounded vehicles for a maximum of 28 days. If you wish to dispose of your vehicle you should not get it released from the vehicle pound. You will still have to pay the Parking PCN fine within 28 days. The Metropolitan Police does not charge you anything for disposing of your vehicle.

How can I pay a PCN in the “Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames”?

You should be aware of the fact that you can only pay your Kingston PCN fine online. The PCN fine can be paid online on the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames” website (using Visa Card, Master Card, Direct Debit or Maestro Card) This payment method saves time and is also more precise. 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 for a Kingston PCN. 

You need to enter your PCN number and your vehicle registration number after opening this webpage to initiate the PCN fine payment online. To complete your fine submission online you also have to enter your payment card details in the next window after clicking “Search” 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. If you don’t want to miss out on the 50% early payment discount (which reduces Parking PCNs to £55 or £30, Bus Lane and Moving Traffic PCNs to £65) and, you should pay within 14 days

How much is the PCN fine for each of the 3 kinds of PCNs served in the “Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames”?

The 3 kinds of PCNs served in the “Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames” are a Parking PCN, a Bus Lane PCN, and a Moving Traffic PCN. A lower level parking PCN fine is £50 lesser than a higher level parking PCN, at £60.

The Penalty Charge Notice fine for a Kingston Council Parking PCN is set at £110 for a higher level traffic violation and £60 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 £55. Similarly, if you pay your lower level parking PCN within 21 days, you just have to pay £30.

If you pay a Bus Lane PCN within 28 days, you will be charged £130 and if you pay it within 21 days, you just have to pay £65. The PCN fine for a moving traffic PCN in the “Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames” is £130. There is a 50% discount for paying it within 14 days, which reduces the fine to £65.

What happens if I refuse to pay or appeal my Kingston PCN?

If you neither decide to pay your Kingston PCN nor decide to dispute the PCN with your council (within 28 days) you will be sent a charge certificate from Transport for London. The charge certificate increases your PCN fine by 50%. 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 “Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames”.

When the charge certificate is also not paid within 14 days, you will receive a “Notice of Debt Registration” and a witness certificate from Transport for London. The unpaid amount will be treated as debt with your local Traffic Enforcement Centre (TEC)

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.

At this stage, you can compose a legal declaration by using the witness certificate sent along with the “Notice of Debt Registration”. You may be able to do this if your bus lane PCN fine or charge certificate has already been paid (in full).

You may also fill in the witness certificate testifying that you still have not received a “Notice of Rejection of Representations” from Kingston Council (after having your appeal dismissed) even by the end of the 14 days of getting your charge certificate from Transport for London.

 Another situation that can be declared on the witness certificate can be that you made an appeal to Transport for London along with your Notice of Rejection from Kingston Council (within 28 days) and didn’t receive any response from them. You can also confess to your local Traffic Enforcement Centre that your council didn’t communicate the “Notice to Owner” or Penalty Charge Notice to the registered keeper of the vehicle (if that was the case).

Can I dispute a PCN from the “Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames” with the London Tribunals if the council dismisses my appeal?

Yes, you can dispute a PCN from the “Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames” with the Independent Traffic Adjudicators at London Tribunals within 28 days of getting your “Notice of Rejection of Representations” from the council. You have to fill in the form provided to you with the Notice of Rejection and mail it to this postal address:

London Tribunals,

PO Box 10598,

Nottingham,

NG6 6DR

 You can also choose to dispute the “Notice of Rejection” from your council with the London Tribunals online by clicking on the “Access the Appellants Portal” button on this webpage. All you will be required to do is simply enter your Vehicle Registration Number, PCN number, and the reference Number or code from your “Notice of Rejection of Representations” letter.

You can attach copies of evidence documents online to back up your appeal against the decision of the “Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames”. Such evidence may also include a signed and dated written statement describing what happened on the scene according to the viewpoint of an onlooker.

London Tribunals will notify both you and Kingston Council of the hearing date. If the “Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames” contests your appeal, it will provide you with a copy of its application along with the evidence sent by it to the Traffic Adjudicators at London Tribunals. In case the independent parking and traffic adjudicator decides the case in your favour, Kingston Council will promptly withdraw the PCN.

If the PCN is cancelled at this stage, you will have to pay nothing. If the London Tribunals decide the case in favour of the “Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames”, you will be given another 28 days to pay the PCN fine.

Conclusion

This blog post addresses the question “How Can I Challenge A Kingston PCN?” You can challenge a PCN from the Royal Borough of Kingston and Thames by providing acceptable reasons for your actions that day, which could be a medical emergency that prevented you from removing your vehicle from a parking zone on time. Similarly, reasons in line with the established grounds for challenging a bus lane or moving traffic PCN must be provided in your appeal along with photographic or video evidence from the scene.

Citations

Section 165A Road Traffic Act 1988

Road Traffic Act 1988 Retention and Disposal of seized motor vehicles (Amendment 2008)

The Metropolitan Police

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