This blog serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge A Sherwood PCN?” The aim of your Sherwood PCN challenge is to convince the Nottinghamshire County Council that you ended up breaching the relevant contravention code due to your legitimate mitigating circumstances or to clearly show by using photo or video evidence, that the traffic violation didn’t happen. Evidence material to be used in your formal representation has to be collected regularly by recording video clips and photographs of your road trips in Sherwood Forest as well as by preserving other documents such as used parking permits.

How Can I Challenge A Sherwood PCN?

Sherwood Forest is a royal forest located in Nottinghamshire County Council.and the Nottinghamshire County Council is responsible for serving and dealing with Penalty Charge Notices in Sherwood Forest.  So a Penalty Charge Notice issued in Sherwood Forest is actually a Nottinghamshire County PCN. 

The Nottinghamshire County Council will also decide the result of your Sherwood Forest PCN challenge and will either choose to withdraw your PCN or send you a Notice of Rejection of Representations. You have to go over the scene of the traffic violation a number of times in your mind to come up with reasons to contest a Parking, Bus Lane, or Moving Traffic PCN as you know exactly how your vehicle was being driven at that moment and can determine the cause of your breach of the relevant contravention code. 

The CCTV camera might have missed out on some events which took place at the scene and you can show these to the Nottinghamshire County Council if you preserve daily video footage of your road journeys in Sherwood Forest. If nothing can be proven by supporting evidence, your PCN challenge will prove to be ineffective and will sound like a series of (apparently baseless) allegations levelled at the traffic enforcement authorities.

So you should not send in your PCN challenge without at least one piece of evidence regarding your traffic violation which shows that the traffic violation didn’t happen or proves some of your authentic mitigating circumstances which were actually present at the occasion. In the absence of a strong PCN appeal, the council will reject your formal representation and instruct you to pay the PCN as its evidence still stands convicting you of the traffic violation.

It is a good habit to memorise contravention codes by matching them with their location such as all the lower level parking contraventions for on street parking and the higher level parking contravention codes for off street parking zones. This way you will not miss out on any one of these traffic restrictions and end up being caught violating one of them. Similarly Bus Lane and moving traffic contraventions need to be memorised by matching them with the locations along your daily route, which is best done with the help of a map.

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 Sherwood PCN?

You can submit a formal representation to your Sherwood 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 Sherwood 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 Sherwood 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 Sherwood 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 Sherwood 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 Sherwood 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 Sherwood Parking PCN fine?

You can pay your Sherwood 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 Sherwood 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 Sherwood 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 Sherwood 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 Sherwood 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 Sherwood Bus Lane PCN fine?

You can pay your Sherwood Bus Lane PCN (or Sherwood 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 Sherwood 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 Sherwood 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 Sherwood 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 Sherwood 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 Sherwood 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 Sherwood 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 Sherwood 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 Sherwood PCN?” You need to first select a legitimate reason for contesting your Penalty Charge Notice by recalling the events which took place at the traffic violation scene. Once you have identified this reason the second step in creating a PCN challenge is to find authentic evidence material for proving the grounds of your appeal.

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