This blog serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge A Worth PCN?” Actively collecting and preserving evidence such as video recordings filmed from inside your vehicle, copies of parking permits or medical certificates to justify mitigating circumstances can save you the embarrassment of being unable to add any proof to back the grounds of your formal representation. This evidence forms the cornerstone of your Worth PCN challenge and needs to be supported by a professionally worded explanation of your mitigating circumstances or a clear rejection of the charge which says that the contravention never occurred.

How Can I Challenge A Worth PCN?

Worth Parish Council (consisting of Copthorne Village and Crawley Down Village) is a part of Mid Sussex District Council and Mid Sussex District Council is responsible for serving and dealing with Penalty Charge Notices in the Parish Council. The Mid Sussex District Council will also decide the result of your PCN challenge and will either choose to withdraw your PCN or send you a Notice of Rejection of Representations.

You can challenge a Worth PCN by writing a formal representation to your Penalty Charge Notice on the Notice To Owner document and sending it in by mail (to the Mid Sussex District Council) along with attached evidence material such as photographs of the scene or a paid parking permit. Before writing down your Worth PCN challenge, you should be aware of the exact restrictions mentioned in the contravention code on your PCN. Once you have understood the grounds on which you can contest the PCN, you can proceed to mention these grounds and attach supporting evidence to back your formal representation.

You should also create a habit of memorising the traffic contravention codes enforced at different parking zones, road junctions and bus lanes along your daily route by matching them with their location. So when you stop at a road junction and see the sign in front of you, the name of the road you have to turn into (or should not turn into) should connect with its traffic contravention code in your head, say Code 32 which enforces one-way traffic. By following these tips you can easily avoid any reasons for your PCN challenge which indicate a lack of awareness of contravention codes enforced at the location and will only end up with a PCN in a situation which can be explained by mitigating circumstances (or where the charges can be clearly refuted by attaching evidence showing that the traffic violation never happened)..

An informal and formal representation to your Worth PCN can also be submitted online on the Mid Sussex District Council website by simply typing in your PCN Number and Vehicle Registration Number. This method of contesting your Penalty Charge Notice allows you to attach digital photographs, snapshots taken (edited) from video footage of the traffic violation scene and high definition videos made by your camcorder which clearly show that your vehicle was parked within your designated parking space or did not breach a no entry zone.

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 Worth PCN?

A PCN served in the Worth Parish Council can be challenged by sending your written formal representation to the Mid Sussex District Council or by registering a PCN appeal on the Mid Sussex District Council website. Worth Parish Council (consisting of Copthorne and Crawley Down Villages) is a part of Mid Sussex District Council and Mid Sussex District Council is responsible for serving and dealing with Penalty Charge Notices in the Parish Council. The Mid Sussex District Council will also decide the result of your PCN challenge and will either choose to withdraw your PCN or send you a Notice of Rejection of Representations.

You can submit a formal representation to your Worth PCN by writing a letter addressed to Mid Sussex District Council or by filling in the online formal representation form on the website..

You need to brainstorm reasons to challenge a Worth 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 Mid Sussex District Council.

You need to visit the Mid Sussex District Council website to submit a formal representation to your PCN. You have to open this webpage to enter your PCN number and Vehicle Registration Number as well as 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 Worth Parish Council and for explaining your point of view of the events which took place at the traffic violation scene. 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 Worth Parish 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 Worth 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 Worth 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. 

Evidence to support your formal representation can be attached to the form by using a stapler or paper clip. Your PCN appeals form and all accompanying evidence documents (enclosed in an envelope) need to be sent to:

Parking Services

Mid Sussex District Council,

Oaklands,

Oaklands Road,

Haywards Heath,

West Sussex,

RH16 1SS

For which traffic contraventions can I be served a Parking PCN in Worth Parish Council?

A Parking PCN is issued in Worth Parish Council for traffic violations including:

  • For a vehicle which has been parked in a prohibited street during prescribed hours. Vehicles are not allowed to park on yellow lines during prescribed hours except those driven by a blue badge holder (a person registered as disabled).
  • For a vehicle which has been parked in a restricted street within 15 metres of a junction (on double yellow lines)
  • For a  vehicle which has been parked in violation of traffic cones in a street which has been closed off.
  • For a vehicle which has been parked in a resident’s parking zone without having a valid parking permit or a valid pay and display ticket.
  • For a vehicle which has been parked in a resident’s parking zone (in the pay and display bay) following the expiry of a pay and display ticket. A pay and display ticket should be purchased for the entire duration of time you might have to park your vehicle in a particular spot. 

So if you might need to spend 20-30 minutes more you should probably choose a different parking ticket in the first place.

  • For a vehicle which has been left parked in any pay and display bay not clearly showing the parking ticket. The pay and display ticket needs to be properly visible to the CEO or CCTV watching the parking bay. A 5 minute observation period will be granted to fix the situation before issuing the PCN
  • For a vehicle which has been brought into and parked within the same parking bay within one hour or any other specified no return time limit (after leaving the parking area.)
  • For a vehicle which has not been parked entirely inside the markings of a parking bay and with one full wheel shown to be beyond the correct limits of a parking zone space.
  • For exceeding a vehicle parking ticket’s time limit by 10 minutes or more. Blue Badge or disabled parking holders are exempt from this rule
  • For being parked in a disabled person’s reserved parking space without clearly showing a blue badge
  • For a vehicle incorrectly parked in a mandatory cycle lane instead of being parked in a parking bay.
  • For a vehicle which has been left parked on any portion of or inside a school keep clear marking.
  • For a vehicle which has been left parked within a pedestrian zone. It also applies to a vehicle’s entry into a pedestrian zone, as vehicle entry is banned from these areas.
  • For vehicles which have been left parked on any portion of the footpath located adjacent to a pedestrian crossing.
  • For a vehicle which has failed to move out of a pedestrian crossing area in time or has been braked or brought to rest by a driver on a pedestrian crossing.

How Can I Pay my Worth PCN fine?

You can pay a PCN from Worth Parish Council on the online payments page or by calling on the Mid Sussex County Council’s automated payments hotline.

If you prefer to make your PCN fine payment online, you can visit the Mid Sussex District Council website.  After opening this webpage you need to select “Pay for Parking Penalty” and enter your PCN number (Ref) and the amount of your Parking, Bus Lane or Moving Traffic PCN Once you are done, you can click on “Pay Now”.

For paying your PCN you will be asked for your payment card details. The Mid Sussex District  Council accepts Mastercard, Visa Card, Maestro Card and Visa Electron card for PCN fine payments. Diners card and American Express card are not accepted for making PCN payments. Once you have entered the credit or debit card information you can proceed to paying your fine. It must be noted that paying your Worth PCN eliminates any possibility for challenging the Penalty Charge Notice.

Your Worth PCN can also be paid by calling on the Mid Sussex County Council’s telephone payments service. You have to dial 0330 088 9360 and enter your PCN number by using a * sign for the letters in the code. After this you will have to enter your payment card details. This automated payments service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You should wait to receive a confirmation code before ending your call.

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

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

If you neither pay your Worth 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 Mid Sussex District 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 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 Worth PCN with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal if the Mid Sussex District Council dismisses my appeal?

Yes, you can dispute the decision of the Mid Sussex District 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 Mid Sussex District 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 Mid Sussex District 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 Mid Sussex District 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 Mid Sussex District Council.

Conclusion

This blog post addressed the question “How Can I Challenge A Worth PCN?” It is essential to save evidence relating to a potential traffic violation scene by recording videos of your journeys in Worth Parish Council and collecting your used pay and display tickets. You should not be disheartened if a well-formulated appeal is rejected by the Mid Sussex District Council as you can dispute the “Notice of Rejection” at the Traffic Penalty Tribunal by creating another appeal. 

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