This blog serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge A Sutton PCN? You can easily challenge a Penalty Charge Notice from Sutton Council if you are aware of the traffic violations applicable to the junctions on your route.. This blog mentions the moving traffic contraventions enforced at different locations in Sutton Council.

How Can I Challenge A Sutton PCN?

A Sutton PCN can be challenged online (on this website) or through the postal service by writing a letter to Sutton Parking Services. Your appeal or formal representation with the Sutton Council must address your failure to avoid the relevant traffic contravention despite being aware of it. It is extremely useful for you to memorise a list of the moving traffic contraventions relating to each junction or location in Sutton Council.

If you can recall the traffic contravention code (say 51 J) in your head each time you see the restricted location or road junction the code applies to, ( even though the place always has a sign for the banned turn or no entry restriction) it prevents you from making that last minute error by shifting your focus to avoiding the moving traffic penalty. When you are driving, it is not unusual to sometimes overlook a traffic sign or have your attention diverted to some other matter or person.

So you can challenge the moving traffic contravention by providing evidence for your actions to avoid breaching the “No Entry” zone or your intention to avoid making a banned turn. Your response should convince the adjudicator of your awareness of traffic contravention codes and of the diligence practised by you to evade the error. Sutton Council applies moving traffic contraventions to all locations in its territory since 1st April 2017.

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 are the moving traffic contraventions for different locations Sutton Council?

The current list Moving Traffic contraventions by location (with operational hours) in Sutton Council are as follows:

  • Contravention 53 C is enforced on Alma Road (near the junction with Rosefield Close). This traffic contravention is applied to drivers for failing to adhere to restrictions on entering a cycle lane. It is also applicable for not following restrictions on moving into or waiting in a pedestrian lane. This traffic violation is indicated on a sign with the words “Pedestrian Zone”.

           This traffic contravention is enforced on Alma Road Monday to Friday from 7:50 am to  8:30 am and also from 02:45 pm to 03:30 pm.

  • Contravention 51 J is enforced on Beddington Gardens Road (near the junction with Woodcote Road). This traffic contravention is used to charge vehicles which have breached a No Entry zone. This traffic contravention is enforced on Beddington Gardens Road at all times.
  • Contravention 51 J is also enforced on Belmont Road (near the junction with Manor Road, Wallington) This traffic contravention is used to charge vehicles for breaching a No Entry zone. The contravention 51 J is in place at all times
  • Contravention 51 J is enforced on Boundary Road, Wallington (near the junction with Stanley Park Road) as well. A PCN is issued under this traffic contravention for breaching a No Entry zone.  The moving traffic violation is enforced in the area at all times.
  • Contravention 51 J is enforced on Brunswick Road (near the junction with Benhill Avenue) A Penalty Charge Notice is issued for breaching a No Entry zone in the area. The contravention 51J is in place at all times
  • Contravention 51 J is enforced on Caledon Road (near the junction with Butter Hill) This traffic contravention is used to charge vehicles which have breached a No Entry zone.
  • Contravention 53 C is enforced on Camden Road, Carshalton ( near the junction with North Street) This traffic contravention is applied to drivers for failing to adhere to restrictions on entering a cycle lane. It is also applicable for not following restrictions on moving into or waiting in a pedestrian lane.
  • Contravention 51 J is enforced on Camden Road, Sutton (outside Gibson Road Car Park) This traffic contravention is used to charge vehicles which have breached a No Entry zone.
  • Contravention 31J is enforced on Central Road, Worcester Park ( near the junction with Green Lane).This traffic contravention is used to charge vehicles for pausing or halting within a box junction (in a restricted zone).
  • Contravention 51 J is enforced on Derek Avenue, Wallington (near the junction with London Road)  A PCN is issued under this traffic contravention for breaching a No Entry zone. 
  • Contravention 51 J is enforced on Elm Road (Hackbridge) near the junction with Hackbridge Road  A PCN is issued under this traffic contravention for breaching a No Entry zone. 
  • Contravention 51 J is enforced on Gibson Road, Sutton (Outside Holiday Inn)
  • Contravention 53 J is enforced on High Street, Sutton (near the junction with St.Nicholas Road)
  • Contravention 53 J is enforced on High Street, Sutton (on the junction with Marshalls Road)
  • Contravention 33 b is enforced on Kimpton Road, Sutton (on the junction with Willow Park) A PCN is issued under 33b for failing to follow the restrictions on entering a bus lane. A traffic sign usually marks the entry and exit of a “bus lane”.
  • Contravention 53 C is enforced on Kingsmead Avenue (on the junction with Balmoral Road ) This traffic contravention is applied to drivers for failing to adhere to restrictions on entering a cycle lane. It is also enforceable for not following restrictions on moving into or waiting in a pedestrian lane.
  • Contravention 53 C is enforced on Kingsmead Avenue on the junction with Dalmeny Road) Traffic contravention  53 C is applied to drivers for failing to adhere to restrictions on entering a cycle lane. It is also applicable for charging drivers for not following restrictions on moving into or waiting in a pedestrian lane.
  • Contravention 53 C is enforced on Kingston Avenue ( on the junction with Windsor Avenue) Traffic contravention  53 C is applied to drivers for failing to adhere to restrictions on entering a cycle lane. It is also applicable for charging drivers for not following restrictions on moving into or waiting in a pedestrian lane.
  • Contravention 53 C is enforced on Kingston Avenue (on the junction with Kew Crescent)  Traffic contravention  53 C is applied to drivers for failing to adhere to restrictions on entering a cycle lane. It is also enforceable for not following restrictions on moving into or waiting in a pedestrian lane.
  • Contravention 51 J is enforced on Morland Road (on the Langley Park Road junction) This traffic contravention is used to charge vehicles which have breached a No Entry zone.
  • Contravention 53 C is enforced on Muschamp Road (on the junction with Green Wrythe Lane)Traffic contravention  53 C is applied to drivers for failing to adhere to restrictions on entering a cycle lane. It is also enforceable for not following restrictions on moving into or waiting in a pedestrian lane.
  • Contravention 53 C is enforced on Muschamp Road (on the junction with Byne Road) Traffic contravention  53 C is applied to drivers for failing to adhere to restrictions on entering a cycle lane. It is also applicable for charging drivers for not following restrictions on moving into or waiting in a pedestrian lane.
  • Contravention 52 M is enforced on Park Lane, Cheam (on the junction with Ewell Road)  A Penalty Charge Notice is served for breaching the entry restrictions on certain types of vehicles
  • Contravention 52 M is enforced on Park Road (opposite the Red Lion) A Penalty Charge Notice is served for breaching the entry restrictions on certain types of vehicles
  • Contravention 51 J is enforced on Robin Hood Lane (near the junction with Camden Road) This traffic contravention is used to charge vehicles for breaching a No Entry zone
  • Contravention 53 C is enforced on Roe Way Street (on the junction with Mollison drive) Traffic contravention 53 C is applied to drivers for failing to adhere to restrictions on entering a cycle lane. It is also applicable for charging drivers for failing to adhere to restrictions on moving into or waiting in a pedestrian lane.
  • Contravention 34 J is enforced on Rose Hill Bus Lane (on the junction with Cleave Hill, opposite to no.53 Rose Hill) A Penalty Charge Notice is issued for entering a Bus Lane in the area. 
  • Contravention 51 J is enforced on Rose Hill Avenue (near the junction with Rose Hill) This traffic contravention is used to charge vehicles for breaching a No Entry zone
  • Contravention 32 D is enforced on Rose Hill Avenue (near the junction with The Market) A Penalty Charge Notice is issued (to drivers) for moving in the wrong direction of a traffic (turn) sign. The traffic sign is shown by a blue colored arrow pointing in the direction in which a turn can be made.
  • Contravention 53 C is enforced on Rotherfield Road (off High Street Carshalton) Traffic contravention  53 C is applied to drivers for failing to adhere to restrictions on entering a cycle lane. It is also used for charging drivers for not following restrictions on moving into or waiting in a pedestrian lane.
  • Contravention 53 C is enforced on Rotherfield Road (near the junction with Ruskin Road) This traffic contravention is applied to drivers for failing to adhere to restrictions on entering a cycle lane. It is also enforceable for not following restrictions on moving into or waiting in a pedestrian lane.
  • Contravention 53 C is enforced on Shorts Road (near the junction with Westmead Road/Colston Avenue) This traffic contravention is applied to drivers for failing to adhere to restrictions on entering a cycle lane. It is also enforceable for not following restrictions on moving into or waiting in a pedestrian lane.

The London Borough of Sutton enforces moving traffic restrictions throughout its territory.

What is the procedure for appealing against a Sutton PCN?

You can appeal against a Sutton PCN by writing to the Council. You can write a PCN appeal to Sutton Council mentioning your PCN number and vehicle registration number. You can also include the text of the sections of the Traffic Management Act 2004 or the Road Traffic Act 1988 relating to your case.The PCN appeal should also be signed and dated by you on the last page. This letter along with any documents, pay or display tickets or photographs attached as proof needs to be sent to:

Sutton Parking Services,

Civic Offices,

St. Nicholas Way,

Sutton,

SM1 1EA

You can also challenge your Sutton PCN online by clicking here On this webpage you need to enter your PCN number and Vehicle Registration number and click “”Search” to start your PCN challenge. . 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.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 Sutton 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. Evidence including photos and videos can be attached online using the Sutton Council website.

You are advised to send in your PCN challenge within 10 days to avail the 50% discount on the payment in case your appeal is rejected by Sutton Council. If your appeal reaches Sutton Council by the 13th day, you will only have to pay £65 if your PCN challenge fails.

If the Sutton Council accepts your PCN appeal, the PCN will be annulled and you will not be liable for paying any monetary penalty. In case the council sends you a “Notice of Rejection” by disapproving of your representation you will have to pay the amount mentioned on your PCN.

In case your PCN was put on hold for a discounted amount, you may only have to pay £65, if you lose your PCN appeal

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 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 are the restricted areas and exempt areas for each of the 10 school street schemes in Sutton Council?

Parking restrictions apply to the roads, junctions and properties mentioned under the following school street schemes:

  • All Saints Carshalton Church of England Primary School.

This school street scheme operates on Talbot Road, between Carshalton Place and Rotherfield Road. It is also enforced on Rotherfield Road, from a point opposite the common boundaries of No.1 and No.3 Rotherfield Road upto its junction with Ruskin Road.

The school street zone’s operating hours are from 8:15 am to 9:15 am and from 2:45 to 3:45 pm from Monday to Friday. The school street zone operates during school term months only.

The exempted properties for this school street include all properties on Lakin Close. All even number properties from No.2 to No.18 on Rotherfield Road and odd number properties from No.1 to No. 39 are also exempted from the school street scheme.

  • Bandon Hill, Wood Field and Oak Field Primary School.

This school street scheme operates on Longacre Place. It is also enforced on Beddington Gardens to the west of its junction with Boundary Road.

The school street zone’s operating hours are from 8:15 am to 9:30 am and from 2:15 to 3:30 pm from Monday to Friday. The school street zone operates during school term months only.

The exempted properties for this school street include all even number properties from No 64 to No. 118 on Beddington Gardens and odd number properties from No.39 to No. 97 are also exempted from the school street scheme. Property No 16 and No.18 on Boundary Road. All properties on Longacre Place.

  • Cheam Common Junior and Infants Academy

          This school street scheme operates on Knolls Close. It is also enforced on Kingsmead Avenue between Balmoral Road and Dalmeny Road

The school street zone’s operating hours are from 8:15 am to 9:00 am and from 2:40 to 3:00 pm from Monday to Friday. The school street zone operates during school term months only.

The exempted properties for this school street include all even number properties from No 90 to No. 116 on Kingsmead Avenue and odd number properties from No.85 to No. 125 are also exempted from the school street scheme. All properties on Knoll Close are exempted from the school street scheme. All properties on Abingdon Close are exempted from the scheme as well.

  • Cheam Fields Primary Academy

            This school street scheme operates on Stoughton Avenue and on an unnamed access road adjacent to (property) No. 80 on Stoughton Avenue. 

The school street zone’s operating hours are from 8:15 am to 9:00 am and from 2:45 to 3:45 pm from Monday to Friday. The school street zone operates during school term months only.

The exempted properties for this school street include all even number properties from No 2 to No. 106 on Chatsworth road and all properties on Stoughton Avenue.

  • Cheam Park Primary Academy Kingston Avenue Site.

            This school street scheme operates on Kingston Avenue, between Windsor Avenue and Kew Crescent.

The school street zone’s operating hours are from 8:20 am to 8:50 am and from 2:45 to 3:30 pm from Monday to Friday. The school street zone operates during school term months only.

The exempted properties for this school street include all odd number properties from No 35 to No. 67 on Kingston Avenue and all  even number properties from No 54 to No.128.

  • The Federation of St. Elphege’s Catholic Schools.

This school street scheme operates on Roe Way.

The school street zone’s operating hours are from 8:20 am to 9:05 am and from 2:45pm to 3:30 pm from Monday to Friday. The school street zone operates during school term months only.

The exempted properties for this school street include all properties on Roe Way.

  • Harris Junior Academy Carshalton

           This school street scheme operates on Camden Road. 

The school street zone’s operating hours are from 8:00 am to 9:15 am and from 3:00 to 4:00 pm from Monday to Friday. The school street zone operates during school term months only.

The exempted properties for this school street include all properties on Camden Road. All properties on Hollymeade are also exempt from this scheme.  Property No.47 and the flat above Railway Tavern on North Street are exempted from the school street. Property No.92 on West Street is exempted from the Harris Junior Academy Carshalton School Street.

  • Muschamp Primary School and Language Opportunity Base

           This school street scheme operates on Muschamp Road, between Byrne Road and                                     

            Green Wrythe Lane.

The school street zone’s operating hours are from 8:20 am to 9:15 am and from 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm from Monday to Friday. The school street zone operates during school term months only.

The exempted properties for this school street include all odd numbered properties from No. 149 to No. 159 on Green Wrythe Lane and from No. 227 to No. 237. All odd numbered properties from No. 1 to No. 17 on Muschamp Road and all even numbered properties from No.18 to No.36 are also exempt from the school street scheme.

All the flats in Long House, Taylor House and Mennis House (on Muschamp Road) are also exempt from the scheme.

  • Robin Hood Junior School

              This school street scheme operates on Thorncroft Road to the south east of the north western kerb line of Greenford Road. It is also enforced on Greenford Road, between Thorncroft Road and  St. Nicholas Way.                                     

The school street zone’s operating hours are from 8:30 am to 9:00 am and from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm from Monday to Friday. The school street zone operates during school term months only.

The exempted properties for this school street include all even numbered properties from No. 14 to No. 28 on Greenford Road and all odd numbered properties from No. 15 to No. 29. All properties on Thorncroft Road are also exempt from the school street scheme.

  • St. Philomena’s Catholic High School for girls and St. Mary’s Catholic Junior School

            This school street scheme operates on Shorts Road. to the south east of the north western kerb line of Greenford Road. It is also enforced on Alma Road, from a point located opposite the South Western Flank Wall of property No.2 on Alma Road to its junction with Shorts Road.                                    

The school street zone’s operating hours are from 7:50 am to 8:30 am and from 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm from Monday to Friday. The school street zone operates during school term months only.

The exempted properties for this school street include all even numbered properties from No. 2 to No. 52 on Alma Road and all odd numbered properties from No. 1 to No. 67. Gale House on Alma Road is also exempt from this school street scheme.

All properties on Shorts Road are also exempt from the school street scheme. Flats No.1 to No.14 in Carter House on Carshalton Road are exempt from the scheme. Property No.229 on Carshalton Road is exempt from the school street.

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

The 3 kinds of PCNs served in Sutton 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 £80.

The Penalty Charge Notice fine for a Sutton Council Parking PCN is set at £130 for a higher level traffic violation and £80 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 £65. Similarly, if you pay your lower level parking PCN within 21 days, you just have to pay £40.

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 Sutton Council is £130. There is a 50% discount for paying it within 14 days, which reduces the fine to £65.

How can I pay my Sutton PCN fine?

You can pay your Sutton PCN in person, by telephone or online here

The PCN fine can be paid online on the Sutton Council’s official website (using Visa Card, Master Card, Direct Debit or Maestro Card) If you want to pay online, you have to enter your PCN number and your vehicle registration number along with your payment card details. You need to click on “Search” 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 viewing your PCN evidence and details. You must remember to wait for 24 hours after your PCN is issued before attempting to pay it.

You can also pay on the Sutton Council’s automated payments hotline by dialling : 03300 884 674. Next, you will be required to provide your payment card details, PCN Number and vehicle registration number. This payment hotline is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Sutton Council also accepts PCN fine payments in person. For this purpose you need to visit the following location to pay your PCN fine in cash. You need to visit between 9:30 am and 2:00pm from Monday to Friday.

50 Grove Road,

Sutton,

SM1 1BT,

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

If you don’t pay your Sutton PCN within 28 days, you will be issued a charge certificate by Transport for London. The charge certificate will increase your PCN fine amount to £195 or £120. If this charge certificate is not paid or appealed within 14 days, you will receive a “Notice of Debt Registration” and a witness certificate from Transport for London.

The unpaid charge certificate amount will be considered as debt by the Traffic Enforcement Centre at the Northampton County Court. The “Notice of Debt Registration” enforces that the charge certificate must be paid within the next 21 days. 

After 21 days, the Northampton County Court will use its legal powers to recover the debt from your possession.

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

Yes, you can dispute a Sutton PCN with the Traffic Adjudicators at London Tribunals within 28 days of getting your “Notice of Rejection of Representations” from the council. The Independent Traffic Adjudicators at the London Tribunals are appointed by the Lord Chancellor or Great Britain and have at least 5 years of experience

 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 Sutton 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 or witness.

London Tribunals will notify both you and the Sutton Council of the hearing date. If the 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, the Sutton 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 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 Sutton PCN?” You can challenge your Sutton PCN by providing a reason for mitigating circumstances which made it impossible for you to prevent the traffic contravention. In case the council rejects your appeal, you still have the option of presenting your case to the Independent Traffic Adjudicators at the London Tribunals.

Citations

Bus Lane Contraventions Amendments 2005

Convention on Road Traffic, February 2018

Parking and Traffic Appeals Service

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