This blog serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge A York PCN?”  A City of York Council PCN challenge should contain evidence documents or photographs to support your reasons for disputing the Penalty Charge Notice . A thorough awareness of Parking, Bus Lane and Moving Traffic contravention codes is essential before making a formal representation to the City of York Council.

How Can I Challenge A York PCN?

You can challenge a York PCN by visiting the City of York Council website. This way of appealing your PCN allows you to attach your own video recordings of the traffic violation scene. Your own video evidence can show how your vehicle did not breach a restricted street, bus lane or how it did not make a banned turn that day.

Challenging your PCN on the website also provides you with the opportunity for utilizing online information relating to the enforcement of the relevant contravention code in the City of York Council. This can be through a map of the council or from a list of contraventions enforced at specific locations in the council. These maps can also help you to correctly name the roads and town areas around your traffic violation scene.

Once you have seen your PCN from the City of York Council, you can write down the contravention code on paper to begin constructing your formal representation. This Parking, Bus Lane, or Moving Traffic contravention code should form the basis of your PCN challenge, as you either mention mitigating circumstances for your actions or attempt to prove that the traffic violation never happened. 

If you want to submit a handwritten formal representation, you can first type in your PCN challenge into a word processing software. It is recommended that you do so in order to refine your message to make it sound more assertive and to eliminate any reasons (for your actions) which might indicate forgetfullness or which fail to comply with any of the established grounds for contesting the contravention code. Once you have matched the reasons for your challenge with authentic evidence material to prove your point of view, you can write down this composition onto your “Notice to Owner ” document.

It is also handy to create a checklist of all the evidence materials you have attached with your formal representation to ensure that nothing gets misplaced or overlooked by the Parking Officer deciding your case.

It is essential for you to compile a strong appeals case before sending in your challenge so as to avoid being served a “Notice of Rejection of Representations”, which means the City of York Council has denied your PCN 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 York PCN?

You can submit a formal representation to your York PCN by writing a letter to the City of York Parking Services address or by filling in the online formal representation form on the City of York Council website.

You need to brainstorm reasons to challenge a York 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 City of York Council. You need to visit the City of York 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. Then you should click on “Search” to access your online formal representation form and enter your appeal. 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 City of York 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 the City of York 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 City of York Council 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. 

Your PCN appeals form and all accompanying evidence documents (enclosed in an envelope) need to be sent to:

Parking Services,

West Offices,

Station Rise,

York,

YO1 6GA

Which moving traffic contravention codes are enforced in the City of York Council? 

The following moving traffic contravention codes are enforced in the City of York Council:

  • Code 31 Entering and stopping your vehicle inside a box junction or preventing vehicles behind you from moving out of a box junction. A vehicle may pause at a box junction for a certain period of time in order to make a right turn at the traffic signal.
  • Code 32 (Left turn) Failing to steer your vehicle or guide your vehicle in the direction of an arrow shown inside a blue-colored sign.
  • Code 32 ( Left turn ahead) Failing to slow your vehicle or steer it correctly into the approaching sharp left turn on the road. This direction is displayed on a traffic sign by a (left curved) white arrow enclosed in a blue-colored sign.    
  • Code 32 (One-way traffic) Failing to drive on the correct side of the road or approaching the (one-way) lane from the opposite side. This traffic sign is indicated by an upward pointing white arrow enclosed in a blue-colored sign.
  • Code 33 (Using a street or road where restrictions are in place) Failing to adhere to the restrictions on vehicles entering a bus and cycle (only) lane. This traffic sign is indicated by a depiction of a bus and a cycle above it.
  • Code 33 (Using a street or road where restrictions are in place)) Failing to adhere to the restrictions on vehicles entering a tramcar-only road or street. This traffic sign shows a depiction of a tramcar, enclosed in a blue-colored sign.
  • Code 37 is applied to charge vehicles for failing to leave a space for vehicles moving in the opposite direction. The sign indicates a priority to be given to vehicles from the other direction on the road which means slowing down and keeping your car aligned to the left side of the road. The road sign shows a larger black-colored arrow pointing downwards to the right of a smaller red-colored arrow pointing upwards.
  • Code 37 (Giving way to oncoming vehicles) indicates drivers give way to vehicles moving in the opposite direction. The road sign for the contravention has the following sentence printed in black “Give way to oncoming vehicles”
  • Code 38 indicates drivers to keep their vehicles on the left or right side of the road. This moving traffic contravention is indicated by a downward pointing arrow tilted toward the left side or a downward pointing arrow tilted toward the right side.
  • Code 50 (Making a banned turn) This contravention code indicates no right turn for vehicular traffic. The road sign for the traffic contravention is shown by a red prohibition symbol on a right-curved black arrow 
  • Code 50 (Making a banned turn) This contravention code indicates no left turn fpr vehicular traffic. The road sign for the traffic contravention is indicated by a red prohibition symbol on a left curved black arrow.
  • Code 50 (Making a banned turn) This contravention code indicates the prohibition of a U-turn at the location. The road sign for this traffic contravention displays a red prohibition symbol on an (n-shaped) arrow which shows a vehicle making a u-turn.
  • Code 51 ( Not following a no entry sign) This contravention code indicates the breach of a no entry sign. 
  • Code 52 (Using a street or road where restrictions are in place) Failing to adhere to the restrictions on vehicles entering a lane only used by non-mechanically propelled vehicles used by pedestrians. This traffic sign is indicated by a red colored circle.
  • Code 52 (Using a street or road where restrictions are in place) Failing to adhere to the restrictions on motor vehicles entering a certain street. This traffic sign is indicated by the depiction of a motorbike above a car.
  • Code 52 (Using a street or road where restrictions are in place)) Failing to adhere to the restrictions on all motor vehicles except solo motorcycles. This traffic sign is indicated by the depiction of a car.
  • Code 52 (Using a street or road where restrictions are in place) Failing to adhere to the restrictions on all motor vehicles except cars. This traffic sign is indicated by the depiction of a motorcycle.
  • Code 52 (Using a restricted street or road) Failing to adhere to the restrictions on goods vehicles exceeding the maximum weight limit.. This traffic sign is indicated by the depiction of a goods vehicle with the weight limit, in tonnes stated inside the vehicle symbol
  • Code 53 (Using a street or road where restrictions are in place) Failing to adhere to the restrictions on vehicles entering a pedestrian-only lane. This traffic sign is indicated by a sign displaying the words “Pedestrian Zone” above a circle containing a motorcycle and a car the days for the Pedestrian Zone restrictions to be applicable are stated under the sign. There are specific operational hours for loading vehicles under these restrictions stated under the sign.

How Can I Pay my York PCN fine?

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

If you choose to make your PCN fine payment online, you should visit the City of York Council website. After clicking here you can enter your PCN number and Vehicle Registration Number (and click on Search) to initiate your PCN fine payment. In the next step of paying your PCN, you need to enter your payment card details to complete the online payment process. The City of York Council accepts Visa, Mastercard, Maestro Card and Delta Card for PCN payments.

You might want to call the City of York Council’s automated payments hotline.  For this you have to call on 01904 551309. 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 York PCN by sending a check or postal order payable to “City of York 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,

West Offices,

Station Rise,

York,

YO1 6GA

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

A Parking PCN in the City of York 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 the City of York 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 York 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 the City of York Council. Per your driving license rules, you are bound to abide by Parking, Bus Lane, and Moving Traffic contravention codes in the City of York Council.

If you neither pay your York 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 City of York 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 York PCN with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal if the City of York Council dismisses my appeal?

Yes, you can dispute the decision of the City of York 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 City of York 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 City of York 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 City of York 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 City of York Council.

Conclusion

This blog post addressed the question “How Can I Challenge A York PCN?”  You should rehearse the traffic violation scene in your head a few times to search for any pointers which might help you to decide the grounds for your PCN challenge. The PCN challenge needs to show the City of York Council exactly what you observed that day and any mitigating circumstances or other forces allegedly influencing your driving actions must be described with the help of photographs or authentic video footage.