This blog serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge An Epping Forest PCN?”  You should maintain a digital record of your road trips in Epping Forest District Council, for uploading as evidence for PCN appeals. Your PCN challenge can further be taken up with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal, once you are served a Notice of Rejection of Representations from Epping Forest Council.

How Can I Challenge An Epping Forest PCN?

Your formal representation can only be registered on the Epping Forest District Council website, by accessing the online appeals portal. If you are challenging a Parking PCN in Epping Forest District Council, your appeal should not contain any reasons mentioning forgetfulness or display a lack of importance for adhering to traffic contraventions enforced in the parking zone. 

You should be aware that parking your vehicle incorrectly or in a restricted street or area will result in a PCN fine. Any mitigating circumstances which influence your case despite your efforts to adhere to these parking rules should be backed by authentic evidence documents such as medical certificates from a certified General Practitioner.

Any reason you choose to mention in your PCN challenge should also conform to the established grounds for challenging the relevant parking, bus lane, or moving traffic contravention. You need at least a few hours to compile this appeal on paper and decide which evidence you can use before you visit the Epping Forest District Council website to enter your PCN challenge.

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 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 a period of 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.

Can I Only Challenge A PCN from the Epping Forest District Council on the official website?

Yes, you can only challenge a PCN from the Epping Forest District Council on the official website

Your Epping Forest PCN appeal can be initiated by clicking here. On this webpage, you need to enter your PCN number and Vehicle Registration number (as well as a web code mentioned on your PCN) and click “Continue” to start your PCN challenge.

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 Epping Forest District 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. The informal challenge stage only applies to Parking PCN served by a CEO or to a CCTV Bus Lane PCN. Evidence including photos and videos can be attached online using the Epping Forest District Council website.

You have to make the challenge to your PCN within 28 days of receiving the Penalty Charge Notice.

If the Epping Forest 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.

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For which traffic contraventions can I be served a Parking PCN in Epping Forest District Council?

A Parking PCN is issued in Epping Forest District 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 an Epping Forest PCN?

You should be aware of the fact that you can only pay your Epping Forest PCN fine online. The PCN fine can be paid online on the Epping Forest District Council’s official website (using Visa Card, Master Card, Direct Debit, or Maestro Card) This payment method saves time and is also more precise. 

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 Epping Forest Council. 

For paying a PCN beginning with EP or FT you need to enter your PCN number and your vehicle registration number after opening this webpage to initiate the PCN fine payment online. For paying a PCN beginning with II you need to enter your PCN number and vehicle registration number on this webpage

To complete your fine submission online you also have to enter your payment card details in the next window after clicking “Continue” You must remember to wait for 24 hours after your PCN is issued before attempting to pay it.

You must pay your PCN fine within 28 days. You should pay before 14 days if you don’t want to miss out on the 50% early payment discount (which reduces Parking PCNs to £35 or £25, Bus Lane and Moving Traffic PCNs to £35) 

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

The 3 kinds of PCNs served in Epping Forest District Council are a Parking PCN, a Bus Lane PCN and a Moving Traffic PCN. 

The Penalty Charge Notice fine for an Epping Forest Parking PCN is set at £70 for a higher level traffic violation and £50 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 £35. Similarly, if you pay your lower level parking PCN within 14 days, you just have to pay just £25.

If you pay a Bus Lane PCN within 28 days, you will be charged £70 and if you pay it within 21 days, you just have to pay £35. The PCN fine for a moving traffic PCN in Epping Forest District Council is £70. There is a 50% discount for paying it within 14 days, which reduces the fine to £35.

What will happen if I don’t pay my Epping Forest PCN within the 28-day limit?

If you fail to pay your Epping Forest PCN within the 28-day limit you will be sent a charge certificate from the Traffic Penalty Tribunal. The charge certificate increases your PCN fine by 50%. 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 Epping Forest District Council.

When the charge certificate is also not paid within 14 days, you will receive a “Notice of Debt Registration” and a witness certificate from the Traffic Penalty Tribunal. 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 it will have to use additional powers to recover the money from your possession.

Can I Dispute A PCN from the Epping Forest District Council with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal if the council dismisses my appeal?

Yes, you can dispute the decision of the Epping Forest District Council in your “Notice of Rejection of Representations” with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal. For this, you can use the Traffic Penalty Tribunal’s website by clicking this link 

You can watch this instructional video here to learn about your challenge process. It 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 Epping Forest Council(shown on the bottom part of the page).

You will then be required to enter your Vehicle Registration Number, the reference number from the “Notice of Rejection” letter from the Epping Forest District Council, and your PCN number for which the appeal was rejected.

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 attach a copy of your “Notice of Rejection of Representations” letter to your application by using the Traffic Penalty Tribunal’s online portal.

Scanned copies of evidence to strengthen your case such as a pay and display ticket or photographs of the scene can be added along with your explanation. The explanation of your case should be well worded and convince the tribunal of an error on the part of the Epping Forest Council in adjudicating your case.

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 Epping Forest District Council.

You will be able to contact the Traffic Penalty Tribunal adjudicator during the registration of your appeal. The result of your appeal will be communicated to you within 14-28 days of submission. If the adjudicator decides the case in your favour, the PCN will be cancelled by the Epping Forest District Council.

Conclusion

This blog post addressed the question “How Can I Challenge An Epping Forest PCN?” Each reason for challenging your Epping Forest PCN must be backed by specific evidence from the scene of the traffic violation which can also include a written statement from a bystander who was present at the location. The only substitute to this for proving what actually happened on the spot where you were issued the PCN is authentic video footage of the incident, filmed by someone travelling with you.

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Epping Forest District Council Parking and Travel

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