This blog serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge A West Northamptonshire PCN?”  Your PCN challenge should either convince the West Northamptonshire Council that the contravention never occurred or that it occurred as a result of unforeseen mitigating circumstances which affected your driving abilities. You need to share authentic video footage showing your point of view of the traffic violation scene in order to convince the council that the traffic contravention didn’t happen.

How Can I Challenge A West Northamptonshire PCN?

A West Northamptonshire PCN can be challenged by writing an appeal to the council and sending it in through the postal service. You can attach evidence such as photographs taken at the traffic violation scene or medical certificates for justifying your mitigating circumstances including serious health conditions which influenced your driving that day,

A written appeal needs to be composed in rough first and edited for clarity and to eliminate any reasons which display a lack of awareness of contravention codes or indicate forgetfullness on your part while committing the traffic violation. The grounds for your West Northamptonshire PCN appeal should not be unprofessional or casually worded. 

Your West Northamptonshire should be challenged on the council website for achieving the best results. The contents of your formal representation should be composed offline in Microsoft Word (or any other word processing software) and evidence documents related to the challenge should be stored in a separate folder on your desktop. This data can later be transferred to the online formal representation form.

Your West Northamptonshire PCN appeal should not involve reasons which display a lack of urgency or seriousness on your part, to avoid committing the traffic contravention. If you want to avoid mistakes in your formal representation, you should save a list of the traffic contravention codes in the council classified by their location. This can be used to avoid the embarrassment of mentioning false grounds for your appeal. 

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. Traffic contraventions are observed by CCTV cameras and Civil Enforcement Officers 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 West Northamptonshire PCN?

You need to begin your West Northamptonshire PCN challenge by recalling the events which led to your traffic violation and by listing down any mitigating circumstances which affected your actions that day. Only events and mitigating circumstances which can be explained by using photo or video evidence or other documents such as medical certificates (already in your possession) should be considered as grounds for an appeal.

Some details might occur to you a day or two after the incident as the information sinks in to reveal minute details. It is advisable to allow yourself up to 4 days to carefully review all the facts regarding your Parking, Bus Lane, or moving traffic contravention. If you are sure that the relevant contravention code was never breached, you can simply attach photo or video evidence or an (authentic) written statement from a bystander present at the scene with your West Northamptonshire PCN challenge.

You need to visit the West Northamptonshire Council website to submit a formal representation to your Parking or Moving Traffic PCN. You need to open this webpage to enter your Parking PCN Number and Vehicle Registration Number. Once these details have been correctly typed, you can click on “Search” to view your PCN details. After this, you can type in your formal representation and upload evidence documents.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 need to open this webpage on the West Northamptonshire website for challenging a Bus Lane PCN. For entering a formal representation to your Bus Lane PCN you need to enter your PCN number and Vehicle Registration number here. Once these details have been correctly entered, you should click on “Search”. This Bus Lane PCN 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.

Any CCTV evidence from the West Northamptonshire Council can be viewed first along with other details regarding your traffic violation. After this, you can type in your formal representation and upload evidence documents.

It is essential to upload authentic evidence material with your PCN challenge to describe your mitigating circumstances to the West Northamptonshire Council and for explaining your point of view of the events which took place on the traffic violation scene. The text of your appeal must state the relevant contravention code on your West Northamptonshire 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 West Northamptonshire council (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 West Northamptonshire PCN challenge is by mail. You can write down a formal representation on paper and attach evidence documents or photographs to the form by using a stapler or paper clip. Your letter should mention your PCN number, date of issue of the PCN, your vehicle registration number, and personal details. 

You should remember to still view your PCN Details online (by entering your PCN number and vehicle registration number) before writing your West Northamptonshire PCN appeal. You have to click here to view your Bus Lane PCN Details. Your PCN appeals form and all accompanying evidence documents (enclosed in an envelope) need to be sent to:

Parking Services,

One Angel Square,

Angel Street,

Northampton,

NN1 1ED

How Can I Pay my West Northamptonshire PCN fine?

You can pay your West Northamptonshire PCN fine on the online payments page, by sending a check or postal order through the mail, or by calling on the West Northamptonshire Council’s automated payments hotline.

If you choose to make your Parking or Moving Traffic PCN fine payment online, you should visit the West Northamptonshire council website. After opening this webpage, you can enter your PCN number and Vehicle Registration Number. You need to click on “Search” to search for your PCN details in the West Northamptonshire Council’s online database. In the next 2 steps of paying your PCN, you need to enter payment card details and complete the process by making your West Northamptonshire PCN payment. The West Northamptonshire Council accepts Mastercard, Visa Card, Maestro Card, and Visa Electron cards for PCN fine payments. 

To pay your West Northamptonshire Bus Lane PCN on the council website, you should click here. After opening this webpage you can enter your Bus Lane PCN number and your Vehicle Registration Number. Once these details have been correctly typed in, you can click on “Search” and enter your payment card details to complete the Bus Lane PCN payment.

You might want to call on West Northamptonshire council’s automated payments hotline for paying your PCN. To pay by this method, you have to call on 0345 680 0153. On the call you will need to enter your PCN number and your 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 West Northamptonshire PCN by sending a check or postal order payable to “West Northamptonshire 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 PCN number and Vehicle Registration Number written at the back. This payment needs to be sent to:

Parking Services,

One Angel Square,

Angel Street,

Northampton,

NN1 1ED

On what grounds can I challenge a West Northamptonshire Bus Lane CCTV PCN?

You can challenge a Bus Lane CCTV PCN from West Northamptonshire Council on the following grounds :

  • You did not enter a bus lane during operational hours and the CCTV has wrongly charged you with a PCN as you were just trying to access premises next to the bus lane. Contravention code 34 J.
  • You did not ignore or disregard a “no entry” sign for a bus lane, the contravention code 51 J needs to be mentioned, before proving that the violation didn’t happen. 
  • Your vehicle was not parked in a bus lane during its operational hours. Contravention code 34M or 34 F.

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

A Parking PCN in West Northamptonshire 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 West Northamptonshire 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 West Northamptonshire 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 West Northamptonshire Council. As per your driving license rules, you are bound to abide by Parking, Bus Lane, and Moving Traffic contravention codes in West Northamptonshire Council.

If you neither pay your West Northamptonshire 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 West Northamptonshire 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 West Northamptonshire PCN with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal if the Council dismisses my appeal?

Yes, you can dispute the decision of the West Northamptonshire 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 West Northamptonshire 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 West Northamptonshire 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 West Northamptonshire Council. You must avail yourself 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 West Northamptonshire Council.

Conclusion

This blog post addressed the question “How Can I Challenge A West Northamptonshire PCN?” The reasons for challenging your PCN must be supported by photo or video evidence presenting your point of view of the traffic violation and clearly showing how the contravention never occurred or showcasing the evasive actions you had taken to try to avoid it. A strong appeals case backed by authentic evidence proving that the PCN was issued in error (or by overlooking your mitigating circumstances) will never go to waste as “A Notice of Rejection of Representations” from the West Northamptonshire Council can be disputed at the Traffic Penalty Tribunal.

Citations

West Northamptonshire council website

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