This blog post serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge An Aberdeen City PCN?” Authentic evidence supporting your PCN challenge is the missing piece of the puzzle which helps the Parking Officer deciding your case to understand your mitigating circumstances or shows them how the contravention never occurred. The blog contains a list of the parking violations which can result in a Penalty Charge Notice being served in Aberdeen City Council.

How Can I Challenge An Aberdeen City PCN?

Before writing down a formal representation or entering your PCN challenge online it is necessary for you to search for evidence regarding your mitigating circumstances such as medical certificates regarding a serious health condition, video recordings or photos of the traffic violation scene or a copy of your pay and display ticket used to park that day. You should know beforehand, as you will realise on that day that unless you have compiled records of these evidence documents and regularly filmed video footage or still photographs of your road journeys in Aberdeen City council, you will not be able to come up with the correct evidence material.

You can easily keep personal data relating to parking permits, mitigating circumstances, and video recordings of your daily journeys ready for uploading with your online formal representation form. To accomplish this you should have a computer or laptop with sufficient hard disk space for storing digital camera video footage and high-resolution photographs.

These digital media variants can come in handy to prove that your traffic contravention never happened or explain the actions you took on the scene to avoid (for instance) breaching a bus lane or no entry zone or to park within your designated parking space. The evidence material recorded by your digital camera serves to indicate your awareness of the traffic contravention code enforced at the specific location. 

It is essential that you formulate a strong appeals case before submitting your formal representation to the Aberdeen City Council so that you don’t end up with a Notice of Rejection of Representations from the council. The “Notice of Rejection” implies that your appeal has been refused.

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 the procedure for appealing against an Aberdeen City PCN?

You need to begin your Aberdeen City 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 upto 4 days for carefully reviewing 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 Aberdeen City PCN challenge.

You need to visit the Aberdeen City Council website to submit a formal representation to your PCN. Before you can view your Penalty Charge Notice, you need to sign up on the Aberdeen City council website by clicking here. You need to open this webpage to enter your personal details including your name, phone number, email address and a password for your PCN account. Once these details have been accepted and you have received a confirmation of your Aberdeen City account in an email message, you can login using your username and password. 

You should also write these down somewhere or store them in a digital notepad app or in a private folder on your PC. Try not to save the login details in your browser.

Once you login to your Aberdeen City account, you can enter your PCN number and Vehicle Registration number to view the CCTV evidence and other details relating to your PCN 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 Aberdeen City 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 Aberdeen City 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 Aberdeen City 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 Aberdeen City 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 Aberdeen City PCN appeal. This is essential so that you can base your challenge on providing evidence and statements which contest this information and also so that you can clearly relate your mitigating circumstances to the actions which took place on the traffic violation scene.

 You should take as much time as necessary to collect and attach authentic evidence material such as photographs or maps to support the grounds for your appeal. Your PCN appeals form and all accompanying evidence documents (enclosed in an envelope) need to be sent to:

Parking and Bus Lane Appeals Team,

PO Box 10505,

Aberdeen,

AB12 9EW

For which traffic contraventions can I be served a Parking PCN in Aberdeen City Council?

A Parking PCN is issued in Aberdeen City Council for traffic violations including:

  • For a vehicle that 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 that has been parked in a restricted street within 15 meters of a junction (on double yellow lines)
  • For a  vehicle that has been parked in violation of traffic cones in a street that has been closed off.
  • For a vehicle that 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 that 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 that has been left parked in any pay and display bay not clearly showing the parking ticket. The pay and display ticket should be properly visible to the CEO or CCTV camera watching the parking bay. A 5 minute observation period will be granted to fix the situation before issuing the PCN
  • For a vehicle that 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 that 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 that has been left parked on any portion of or inside a school keep clear marking.
  • For a vehicle that 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 that have been left parked on any portion of the footpath located adjacent to a pedestrian crossing.
  • For a vehicle that 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 Aberdeen City PCN fine?

You should be aware of the fact that you can only pay your Aberdeen City PCN fine online. The PCN fine can be paid online on the Aberdeen City Council’s official website(using Visa Card, Master Card, Direct Debit, or Maestro Card) 

You can pay your Parking or Moving Traffic PCN by visiting the Aberdeen City council website.

After opening this webpage, you can enter your PCN number (Reference) and the amount of your PCN fine. You need to click on “Add to Basket” to add the order of a Penalty Charge Notice payment to your basket. Next, you just have to proceed to the checkout and enter your payment card details.to search for your PCN details.

You can pay your Aberdeen City Bus Lane PCN online by clicking here. In the window which opens up, you need to enter your PCN Number (Reference) and the amount of your fine, which will be £60 or £30. You should make sure that you enter the exact amount, otherwise your PCN will remain unpaid. You have to click on “Add to Basket” to add the order of a Bus Lane PCN payment to your basket. To finish your payment you need to enter your payment card details and proceed to the checkout page.

This payment method saves time and is also more precise as your details are entered directly into an electronic database.

If you were looking for a postal order payment option or a choice for paying your PCN fine via the council’s telephone hotline, you might be disappointed to learn that these options are unavailable in Aberdeen City Council. 

You must remember to wait for 24 hours after your PCN is issued before attempting to pay it.

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

A Parking PCN in Aberdeen City Council is served for violating higher or lower level parking restrictions. You have to pay £60 for committing a higher level parking contravention n. If you pay the parking fine within 14 days, you will just be paying £30 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 Aberdeen City Council, you will be charged a £60 Penalty Charge Notice. The 50% early payment discount reduces both these types of PCN fines to £30, 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 Aberdeen 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 Aberdeen City Council. As per your driving license rules, you are bound to abide by Parking, Bus Lane and Moving Traffic contravention codes in Aberdeen City Council.

If you neither pay your Aberdeen City 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 £90 (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 Aberdeen City 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 An Aberdeen City PCN with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal if the Council dismisses my appeal?

Yes, you can dispute the decision of the Aberdeen City 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 Aberdeen City 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 Aberdeen City 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 Aberdeen City Council. You must avail 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 Aberdeen City Council.

Conclusion

This blog post addressed the question “How Can I Challenge An Aberdeen City PCN?” Your formal representation must be backed by sufficient evidence from the scene to convince the council of the grounds for your PCN appeal.  The PCN challenge can only consist of established grounds for contesting the relevant contravention code, so you cannot just mention a spontaneous reason to explain your driving error which led to the traffic violation,

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