This blog serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge A Redbridge PCN?” To make a successful challenge against your Redbridge PCN, you must be able to comprehend the traffic contravention codes related to your PCN. This blog mentions some of the codes related to parking contraventions.

How Can I Challenge A Redbridge PCN?

You can only challenge a Redbridge PCN by visiting the official website. You must have your PCN with you to enter the PCN number. The Redbridge Council website clearly explains how to challenge your Penalty Charge Notice and provides you with evidence from the scene (which may have already been sent to you with your PCN by post).If there is no CCTV or photo evidence, you can use your interpretation of the event (with videos or photos) to account for this lack of material proof.

You must collect and preserve evidence of your road presence in Redbridge Council. 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 personal 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.

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. The evidence of your traffic contravention will be lost from the scene and you will have nothing to show for backing up your case unless you make a habit of using a digital camera or camcorder (when you are not driving your vehicle). A passenger travelling with you (such as your child) can also maintain a record of your driving actions and traffic violations.

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 Redbridge PCN on the council’s official website?

Yes, you can only challenge a Redbridge on the council’s 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 “See Further Details or Pay My PCN” 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. Evidence documents can be uploaded online on the Redbridge PCN Portal.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 Redbridge Council, 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.

Redbridge Council 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) 

For which reasons can my PCN challenge be rejected by Redbridge Council?

Redbridge Council will reject your PCN appeal if you mention any of the following reasons in your challenge (formal representation):

  • You were only parked in that spot because you had to leave your child at school.
  • You forgot to set the parking clock timer on your blue badge. Unfortunately, you are bound to set the timer whenever you park your car in a blue badge holder parking spot, otherwise your parking isn’t legal.
  • You mentioned that you were new to the area where you had parked your car and had not checked the parking zone restrictions beforehand.
  • Your pay and display ticket limit expired (by more than 10 minutes) because you had to spend some extra time with your General Physician, Dentist or were delayed in making bill payments at the post office.
  • You mentioned in your appeal that you only stopped (your vehicle) for an instant on a yellow line. It is illegal to brake or stop your vehicle on yellow lines for any length of time.
  • You mentioned in your PCN appeal that you left your vehicle unattended in the parking zone without a pay and display ticket on it because you did not have the change for the “pay and display machine” with you.

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

The 3 kinds of PCNs served in Redbridge Council 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 Redbridge 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 Redbridge Council is £130. There is a 50% discount for paying it within 14 days, which reduces the fine to £65.

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 for 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 a period of 28 days to respond to a Penalty Charge Notice.

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

How can I pay a Redbridge PCN?

You should be aware of the fact that you can only pay your Redbridge PCN fine online. The PCN fine can be paid online on the Redbridge Council’s official 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 Redbridge 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 “Pay My PCN” 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

What happens if I don’t pay my Redbridge PCN within 28 days?

If you neither decide to pay your Redbridge PCN nor decide to dispute the PCN with your council (within 28 days) you will be sent a charge certificate from Transport for London. A charge certificate will increase the amount of your PCN fine by 50% of its original value. You should pay this charge certificate within 28 days as the charge certificate cannot be appealed.

If the charge certificate remains unpaid after 14 days, you will be sent a “Notice of Debt Registration” and a witness certificate from TfL. The unpaid charge certificate amount will be treated as debt with your local Traffic Enforcement Centre. A court order enforces that the charge certificate must be paid within 21 days or the court will be forced to sanction the use of additional powers to recover the money from you.

Can I dispute a Redbridge PCN with the London Tribunals if the council dismisses my appeal?

Yes, you can dispute a Redbridge PCN 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 Redbridge Council. 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  Redbridge Council of the hearing date. If the Redbridge Council 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, Redbridge 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 Redbridge Council, you will be given another 28 days to pay the PCN fine.

Conclusion

This blog post addressed the question “How Can I Challenge A Redbridge PCN?” Your Redbridge PCN can be challenged online after simply entering your PCN number and vehicle registration number on the Redbridge Council website PCN payments and Appeals page. It is essential for you to upload evidence documents regarding your traffic contravention to prove your case to the Council.

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Grounds for not accepting a PCN challenge