This blog serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge An Octagon PCN?”  In order to successfully challenge an Octagon PCN, you must collect and preserve evidence material such as video recordings of your daily road journeys, scanned copies of used parking permits and medical certificates to prove any mitigating circumstances.  Any evidence which was related to your Parking, Bus Lane or Moving Traffic contravention can be used to support your PCN challenge unless you have blatantly breached the restriction and forgot about its existence.

How Can I Challenge An Octagon PCN?

Octagon Town forms part of the Hull City Council and the Hull City Council is responsible for serving and dealing with Penalty Charge Notices in the Town Councils. So a Penalty Charge Notice issued in Octagon Town Council is actually a Hull City PCN. 

The Hull City 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 compose a formal representation to your Octagon PCN by writing down the contents of your appeal on the back side of the Notice to Owner document and sending it in by mail or by visiting the Hull City council website. 

Your choice can depend on whether you have scanned copies of your paid parking permits, medical certificates for proving any mitigating circumstances affecting your driving abilities, or a video recording of the traffic contravention scene to upload as evidence.

If you don’t have any of these available with you and have paper documents and printed photographs to prove that the contravention didn’t happen or show any acceptable mitigating circumstances for your breach of the parking, bus lane, or moving traffic violation, you can send in your formal representation by mail.

You should take your time for deciding how to submit your PCN challenge, as the quality of evidence used to back your case can make a big difference. 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” from the Hull City Council, which means the 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. CCTV cameras and Civil Enforcement Officers observe traffic contraventions 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 an Octagon PCN?

You can submit a formal representation to your Octagon PCN by writing a letter addressed to the Hull City Council or by filling in the online formal representation form on the Hull City Council website. Octagon Town forms part of the Hull City Council and the Hull City Council is responsible for serving and dealing with Penalty Charge Notices in the Town Councils. So a Penalty Charge Notice issued in Octagon Town Council is actually a Hull City PCN. 

The Hull City 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 need to brainstorm reasons to challenge an Octagon 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 Hull City Council. You need to visit the Hull City Council  website to submit a formal representation to your PCN. You have to open this webpage to enter your PCN number and your Vehicle Registration Number. You need to click on “Search”  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 Hull City 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 Hull City 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 Octagon 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 Octagon Town Council PCN challenge is by mail. You can write down a formal representation on the backside of your Notice to Owner and attach evidence documents or photographs to the form using a stapler or paper clip. This PCN challenge should be sent to the Hull City Council’s postal address.  Your letter should also 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:

CPE Hull,

PO Box 474,

HULL,

HU9 9ES

On what grounds can I challenge an Octagon Town Bus Lane CCTV PCN?

You can challenge an Octagon Bus Lane CCTV PCN on the following grounds :

  • You did not enter a bus lane during operational hours and the CCTV has wrongly charged you with a PCN as you were just trying to access premises next to the bus lane. Contravention code 34 J.
  • You did not ignore or disregard a “no entry” sign for a bus lane, the contravention code 51 J needs to be mentioned, before proving that the violation didn’t happen. 
  • Your vehicle was not parked in a bus lane during its operational hours. Contravention code 34M or 34 F.

How can I pay my Octagon PCN fine?

You can pay your Octagon PCN fine by telephone, or online here.

The Hull City Council website has a system for viewing your PCN details before paying the PCN. You need to open this webpage  and click on “Pay your parking or Bus Lane penalty charge notice”. This will open a new window, where you will be required to enter your PCN number and vehicle registration number, and then click on “Get Amount”. Your session on this page times out after 10 minutes so don’t leave your screen idle for more than this time period.

After confirming the payable amount, you can proceed to make your PCN payment online. In the next window, you will be required to provide your payment card details. Hull City Council accepts VisaCard, MasterCard, Maestro Card, DeltaCard and Electron Card for PCN payments.

You can also pay on Hull City Council’s automated payments hotline by dialling: 01482 300 300. 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. This payment hotline is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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

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

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

Yes, you can dispute the decision of the Hull City 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 Hull City 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 Hull City 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 upload 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 Hull City 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 Hull City 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 Hull City Council.

Conclusion

This blog post addressed the question “How Can I Challenge An Octagon PCN?” You need to be aware of the contravention code mentioned on your Penalty Charge Notice and have evidence to challenge it ready with you by expecting to be given a PCN  on any given day. The best way to be prepared for challenging a PCN suddenly handed to you is by recording video clips of your road trips in Octagon Town Council, as these can be used as evidence for Parking, Bus Lane, and Moving Traffic PCNs.

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