This blog serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge A Shoreditch Park and City PCN?” You have to film videos of your road journeys in Shoreditch City on a regular basis, so that you have some authentic evidence to support a Bus Lane or Moving Traffic PCN challenge. Unless you can actually show your vehicle moving along a different direction as viewed by the CCTV (or CEO) or making a turn which was not shown by the CCTV evidence there is no other way of proving your actions or for getting the PCN cancelled.

How Can I Challenge A Shoreditch Park and City PCN?

Shoreditch City (or District) is a part of the London Borough of Hackney which is the administrative division responsible for enforcing Parking, Bus Lane, and Moving Traffic contraventions in the Shoreditch town council. The CCTV cameras and Civil Enforcement Officers of the London Borough of Hackney observe the parking zones, streets, and roads of Shoreditch city for catching any breach of contravention codes enforced in the council. Shoreditch Park is also located within Shoreditch City and a PCN served at the park will be managed by the Hackney Council.

You can challenge a Shoreditch Park and City PCN by choosing a valid reason to contest your Parking, Bus Lane, or Moving Traffic PCN. As a driver on the roads of Shoreditch City, you must be well aware of the restrictions in place at parking zones, at road turns, and bus lanes across the region. You should make an effort to prevent breaching these restrictions and only end up with a PCN in rare circumstances which do not include being unaware of the traffic order being enforced at the location.

If you only end up violating a bus lane or a restricted street by a few metres and can use video footage to show that you had actively attempted to steer your vehicle back to the correct path you can mention your authentic mitigating circumstances in a formal representation to the London Borough of Hackney. 

The council will not know that you had not habitually breached the bus lane contravention unless you share the video footage or photographs clearly showing your actions from inside the vehicle. It is also mandatory for you to attach proper evidence for your mitigating circumstances such as a serious health condition that prevented you from correctly operating your vehicle (with symptoms affecting your hand-eye coordination, vision, or limb movements)

It is necessary to formulate a strong and compelling appeal to your Shoreditch Park and City PCN in order to avoid being served a Notice of Rejection of Representations from the London Borough of Hackney, which means that your appeal has been dismissed.

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 Shoreditch Park and City PCN?

You can submit a formal representation to your Shoreditch Park and City PCN by writing a letter addressed to the London Borough of Hackney or by filling in the online formal representation form on the council’s official website.

You need to brainstorm reasons for challenging a Shoreditch Park and City 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 London Borough of Hackney. You need to visit the London Borough of Hackney website to submit a formal representation to your PCN. You have to open this webpage to enter your PCN number and your Vehicle Registration Number. You need to click on “Show Ticket”  to view your PCN details before filling in the online appeals form.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. 

It is essential to upload authentic evidence material with your PCN challenge to describe your mitigating circumstances to the London Borough of Hackney 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 Shoreditch Park and City 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 London Borough of Hackney (by mixing up the contraventions) or reasons which involve forgetfulness to justify your actions, you can submit the formal representation.

Another way to send in your Shoreditch Park and City PCN challenge is by mail. You can write a formal representation to the London Borough of Hackney 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 Shoreditch Park and City 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:

Representation and Appeals,

POBox 76121,

London,

E5 5FG

The London Borough of Hackney 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 Shoreditch Park and City PCN fine?

You can pay your Shoreditch Park and City PCN by using the postal service, by telephone, or on the London Borough of Hackney’s website online here.

The London Borough of Hackney website provides an online payment service for PCN fines. You need to enter your PCN Number (Ticket Reference Number) and your Vehicle Registration Number here. After this you need to click on “Show Ticket” to access your PCN details. 

In the next window, you will be required to provide your payment card details. The London Borough of Hackney accepts VisaCard, MasterCard, Maestro Card, DeltaCard and Electron Card.Payments made by credit or debit cards before 5pm will be credited to your account on that date

You can also pay your Shoreditch Park and City PCN on the London Borough of Hackney’s automated payments hotline by dialling: 020 8629 1232. Next, you will be required to provide your payment card details, PCN Number, and vehicle registration number.  When entering your PCN number, you should replace each letter with a * sign. This payment hotline is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The London Borough of Hackney also accepts PCN fine payments by post. You need to send a check or postal order to “London Borough of Hackney”. You can write down your PCN Number and Vehicle Registration Number on the back of your check or postal order.

Send your PCN fine payment to this address:

POBox 76121,

London,

E5 5FG

How much is the PCN fine for each of the 3 kinds of PCNs served in the London Borough of Hackney?

A Parking PCN in the London Borough of Hackney is served for violating higher or lower level parking restrictions. You have to pay £130 for committing a higher level parking contravention and £80 for a lower level parking contravention. If you pay the parking fine within 14 days, you will just be paying £65 or £40 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 the London Borough of Hackney you will be charged a £130 Penalty Charge Notice. The 50% early payment discount reduces both these types of PCN fines to £65 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 Shoreditch Park and City 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 Hackney Council. Per your driving license rules, you are bound to abide by Parking, Bus Lane, and Moving Traffic contravention codes in the Hackney London Borough Council.

If you neither pay your Shoreditch Park and City PCN within 28 days nor decide to appeal against it, you will be sent a charge certificate from the London Tribunals. 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 Hackney Council.

You will be sent a “Notice of Debt Registration” and a witness certificate from the London Tribunals, 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 Shoreditch Park and City PCN with the London Tribunals if the London Borough of Havering dismisses my appeal?

Yes, you can dispute a Shoreditch Park and City PCN with the 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 the Havering Borough 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 London Borough of Havering. Such evidence may also include a signed and dated written statement describing what happened on the scene according to the viewpoint of a bystander.

London Tribunals will notify both you and the “London Borough of Havering”” of the hearing date. If the London Borough of Havering 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, the London Borough of Havering 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 the council’s favour, you will be given another 28 days to pay the PCN fine.

Conclusion

This blog post addressed the question “How Can I Challenge A Shoreditch Park and City PCN?” The focus of your PCN challenge will differ from proving that you had properly attached a pay and display ticket to your vehicle or parked it correctly within its designated parking space (for a Parking PCN) to demonstrating your mitigating circumstances for breaching a bus lane during its operational hours (for a Bus Lane PCN). All these different kinds of contravention codes require specific focal points to compose your PCN challenge around, which needs to be carefully selected given your available evidence material.