This blog serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge An Epsom and Ewell PCN?” The wording of your PCN challenge must display your awareness of the relevant contravention code and the text of your appeal should also be backed by specific evidence to justify your mitigating circumstances or to prove that the traffic violation didn’t occur. The blog also includes details on how to recover your impounded vehicle from the custody of the Surrey Police.

How Can I Challenge An Epsom and Ewell PCN?

You have to construct a justifiable explanation of your mitigating circumstances or other actions which lead to the traffic contravention in Epsom and Ewell Council. These reasons must demonstrate your awareness of the relevant traffic contravention code and the challenge must be backed with photo or video evidence showing how you took evasive action to attempt to avoid the moving traffic or bus lane violation.

This proof of your respect for local traffic restrictions and the presence of circumstances beyond your control which indirectly led to the breach of the contravention code can serve to convince the council of your innocence in the case. Your camera can record a conversation between you and a passenger in the vehicle or your own thoughts and reactions regarding the situation. Still, photographs and video footage from inside the vehicle (taken on the scene)can also show for instance,  how you tried to apply the brakes to your vehicle on time or to steer it properly in the correct direction.

Any reason you choose to mention in your PCN challenge must be backed by authentic evidence and should 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 “Epsom and Ewell Borough 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 parking 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 Epsom and Ewell Borough Council on the official website?

Yes, you can only challenge a PCN from the Epsom and Ewell Borough Council on the official website

Your Epsom and Ewell PCN appeal can be initiated by clicking here. On this webpage, you need to enter your PCN number and Vehicle Registration number and click ”Continue” to start your PCN challenge. 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 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 Epsom and Ewell Borough 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. If you were driving with a passenger, their observations of the scene from the back seat of your vehicle could also help you to explain exactly what happened. Evidence including photos and videos can be attached online using the Epsom and Ewell Borough Council website Manage A PCN page.

You have to make the challenge to your PCN within 28 days of receiving it.

If the Epsom and Ewell Borough 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.

.What Can I Do If My Vehicle has been towed away?

If your vehicle has been towed away from the Epsom and Ewell Borough Council you need to call 101 to ask the Surrey Police about the matter. If your vehicle was towed away for violating your driving license rules, you should have received a form 3078 (seizure notice) by post. Your inquiry will be addressed by the Surrey Police staff and in case your vehicle has been towed away you will have to visit the Epsom and Ewell Police Station to get it released.

Next, you will be required to verify 2 kinds of ID documents such as a passport and a driving licence at the vehicle pound. You could also use 2 other combinations of documents such as your original birth certificate and your vehicle registration certificate. You should also have the insurance certificate for your vehicle and your V5C vehicle registration certificate (with you) unless this has already been used as one of the 2 ID documents.

Vehicles are seized by the Surrey Police under Section 165 A or the Road Traffic Act 1988 due to a violation of your driving license rules. You must remember to visit the vehicle pound within 7 days of the date mentioned on your form 3078. The amount of money you will need to unclamp your vehicle includes a £200 release fee and storage charges of £20 per day. So for example if your vehicle was towed away by a parking company 3 days ago, you will need (£20×3) + £200 = £260 to get it released from the vehicle pound. This vehicle release and storage charges are set under The Road Traffic Act 1998 (Retention and Disposal of Seized Motor Vehicles).

You should pay your Epsom and Ewell Borough Council Parking PCN online before collecting the vehicle from the pound at the Epsom and Ewell Police Station. But even if you just have £200 or £260 with you (for leaving your vehicle in the pound for up to 3 days), you can still pay the amount at the vehicle pound and claim your vehicle. It is more important to collect your vehicle from the Epsom and Ewell Police Station than to pay your PCN fine because storage fees of £20 are being added every day and your vehicle will no longer be in the vehicle pound after 14 days.

As you will have to pay your Parking PCN within 14 days when you are recovering your impounded vehicle, it will cost you only £35. Your vehicle pound charges can vary so it is best to get it removed from there as soon as possible. For each week your vehicle is left in the pound you will have to pay £140 extra storage charges.

Once you contact the Surrey Police by dialling 101 and tell them your vehicle registration number you will be guided to the Epsom and Ewell Police Station for recovering your impounded vehicle.

You will have to make the payment to release your vehicle from the Epsom and Ewell Police Station by visiting the location in person with at least £200 in cash or available as credit on your payment card. The Surrey Police accepts Visa Card, Master Card, Maestro Card, and Solo Card for the payment of vehicle release and storage charges.

The Epsom and Ewell Police Station is located at this address :

The Old Town Hall,

The Parade,

Epsom KT18 5BY

You can visit the Epsom and Ewell Police Station at any time between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm from Monday to Friday. Epsom and Ewell Police Station is closed on weekends. Staff from the Surrey Police will be available at the pound to address your queries and for receiving the vehicle release charges. You must remember to be courteous to the police officers at the Epsom and Ewell Police Station, as your vehicle might be freed in a period of up to 2 or 3 hours.

You should have the 2 ID Documents, a copy of form 3078, your vehicle’s MOT certificate, and your vehicle registration certificate (if this is not your ID document). After all these documents have been verified by the Surrey Police staff, your vehicle seizure notice will be stamped to authorise the release of the vehicle.

If your vehicle has been towed away you need to go to the vehicle pound with a cash payment or payment card for payment of vehicle release charges and any vehicle storage expenses (incurred by the vehicle pound). Next, you need to pay the required charges and your vehicle is free. You must remember to recover your vehicle within 7 days from the vehicle pound. If you leave it there for more than 14 days the car might be scrapped or sold. 

How much is the PCN fine for each of the 3 kinds of PCNs served in Epsom and Ewell Borough Council?

The 3 kinds of PCNs served in Epsom and Ewell Borough Council are a Parking PCN, a Bus Lane PCN, and a Moving Traffic PCN. 

The Penalty Charge Notice fine for an Epsom and Ewell 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 Epsom and Ewell Borough Council is £70. There is a 50% discount for paying it within 14 days, which reduces the fine to £35.

How can I pay a PCN fine in the Epsom and Ewell Borough Council?

You can pay a PCN fine in the Epsom and Ewell Borough Council by telephone or online here

The Epsom and Ewell Council website provides an online payment service for PCN fines. You need to open this webpage to access the Penalty Charge Notice payments form. Your PCN number and PCN fine amount have to be entered on the Payments Reference Entry page. After you click on “Submit” you will be required to provide your Vehicle Registration Number and payment card details. Epsom and Ewell Council accepts VisaCard, MasterCard, Maestro Card, DeltaCard, and Electron Card.

You can also pay your PCN on the Epsom and Ewell Borough Council’s automated payments hotline by dialling: 01372 732000.. Next, you will be required to provide your payment card details, PCN Number, and vehicle registration number. You can enter your PCN number by replacing the letters with the * key. You should wait to receive a confirmation code for your payment before ending the call. This payment hotline is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What will happen if I don’t pay my Epsom and Ewell PCN within the 28-day limit?

If you fail to pay your Epsom and Ewell 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 Epsom and Ewell Borough Council.

When the charge certificate is 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 Epsom and Ewell Borough Council with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal if the council dismisses my appeal?

Yes, you can dispute the decision of the Epsom and Ewell Borough 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 Epsom and Ewell Borough 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 Epsom and Ewell Borough 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 Epsom and Ewell 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 the Epsom and Ewell Borough 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 Epsom and Ewell Borough Council.

Conclusion

This blog post addressed the question “How Can I Challenge An Epsom and Ewell PCN?” Your Epsom and Ewell PCN challenge must be backed by scanned copies of evidence documents to support your appeal. You can begin formulating your PCN appeal, from the day you have been charged with the PCN as you can recall the events with precise detail at that moment. Any health issues should also be related to the traffic contravention as mitigating circumstances as early as possible to preserve important evidence.

Citations

 Surrey Police Website

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