This blog answers the question “Waltham Forest PCN – Pay or Appeal?” It explains that what you should do with your PCN (within 28 days) depends on whether it is a Parking PCN, Bus Lane PCN or moving traffic PCN. This blog also mentions all the on street cashless parking bay locations in Waltham Forest Council.

Waltham Forest PCN – Pay or Appeal?

You must respond to your Waltham Forest PCN within 14 days to make sure that you don’t end up paying more than £65 (the discounted PCN amount) whether you pay your PCN fine or decide to challenge the Penalty Charge Notice.  Waltham Forest allows you to view the CCTV video of your bus lane violation online by entering your PCN Number and Vehicle Registration Number.

This allows you to make a split second decision regarding your Bus lane PCN challenge. CCTV enforcement vehicles are quite accurate with their cameras in capturing bus lane entry violations and you should choose to pay the PCN fine immediately if your vehicle has breached the relevant bus lane. For Parking PCNs and moving traffic PCNs served in Waltham Forest you should only choose to dispute a higher level Parking PCN . 

There is no statutory limitation on the response time for appeals against moving traffic and Bus lane PCNs so you might be left waiting for months for an answer if you appeal against these 2 types of PCNs. But it is still worth the wait if you have concluded from the CCTV camera footage that you have not committed a traffic violation and mentioned the reasons in your 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. 

How much is the PCN fine for a PCN in Waltham Forest?

The Penalty Charge Notice fine for a Waltham Forest Parking PCN is set at £130 for a higher level PCN and £80 for a lower level PCN. You will be paying either £130 or £80, depending on your level of the traffic offence.

There is a 50% discount on the Parking PCN for early payment. If you pay the higher level Parking PCN within 14 days, it will be worth £65. The discount reduces the lower level Parking PCN fine to £40 if you pay it within 21 days.

The PCN fine for a moving traffic contravention in Waltham Forest Council is set at £130. If you pay a bus lane PCN fine within 28 days you will be paying £130. 

The discount on paying early (within 14 days) also reduces a moving traffic PCN fine to £65 and a Bus Lane PCN fine to £65 as well.

How can I pay my Waltham Forest PCN?

You can pay your Waltham Forest PCN online or from your telephone.

For paying your PCN online, you will be required to mention your PCN Number, your Vehicle Registration Number and enter your payment card details. You need to connect to the Waltham Forest website by clicking on this link

You can also pay your Waltham Forest PCN by calling the Waltham Forest automated payments hotline. You need to dial the following number : 0203 092 0112. You will be required to mention your PCN number and Vehicle Registration Number along with your payment card details.

What is a Penalty Charge Notice?

A Penalty Charge Notice is a fine or monetary penalty for driving violations. You will be given 28 days by your council to respond to a Penalty Charge Notice. If you fail to do anything about the PCN within this time limit, you will be issued a charge certificate from Transport for London.

A charge certificate will increase the penalty amount by 50% of its value. In the case of a Waltham Forest higher level parking PCN you will have to pay £195, and for the lower level Parking PCN £120. For a bus lane and moving traffic PCN you will have to pay £195, if you fail to pay appeal your PCN within 28 days.

A charge certificate must be paid within 14 days.

What are the higher level parking violations in a Waltham Forest PCN?

The higher level parking violations in a Waltham Forest PCN are as follows:

  • Your vehicle was parked in a restricted street during its operational hours.
  • You left your vehicle parked in a residential parking bay without displaying a pay and display ticket.
  • Your vehicle stopped on a taxi rank or parked there.
  • Your parked vehicle was blocking traffic in the area.
  • Your vehicle was parked with one or more of its wheels positioned over a footpath.
  • Your vehicle was parked in a parking zone reserved for blue badge holders or police vehicles.
  • Your vehicle exceeded the permitted height or length of the vehicle that can be parked in the parking zone.
  • Your vehicle has failed to follow a restriction order for vehicles entering a pedestrian only zone.

What are the lower level parking violations in a Waltham Forest PCN?

The lower level parking violations in a Waltham Forest PCN are as follows:

  • Your vehicle was parked again in the same parking zone within one hour of leaving the zone.
  • Your vehicle was parked with its engine on, in a parking zone where this is prohibited.
  • Your vehicle was not parked within the correct markings of a parking bay or parking space and a full wheel of your vehicle was outside its allocated parking space.
  • Your vehicle was still parked in a parking zone when its indicated time limit had expired.
  • Your vehicle was parked in a disc parking space without clearly displaying the parking disc.
  • Your vehicle was parked in a paid parking zone without any pay and display ticket.

How Can I Challenge a PCN from Waltham Forest Council?

You can challenge a PCN from Waltham Forest Council by writing to the Council. In your letter you need to mention your PCN number and Vehicle Registration number. You will need to compose an appeal by including some material evidence such as photographs or pay and display tickets you used for parking. You can also include the text of the sections of the Traffic Management Act 2004 relating to your case. by sending your appeal letter to :

Parking Services,

PCN Representation,

PO Box 74924,

London E17 0UG

You can also challenge your Waltham Forest PCN online by clicking here On this webpage you will see a chat window with the chatbot max. You need to interact with the chatbot by providing your PCN Number and Vehicle Registration Number. Once these details are verified by the virtual assistant, you can type in your PCN appeal with relevant reasons and evidence (which can be uploaded to the system).

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

Waltham Forest also allows you to view the CCTV footage of your traffic violation online before making your challenge.You need to enter your PCN number and Vehicle Registration Number after clicking on this link to watch the video.

If the Waltham 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.

In case your PCN was put on hold for a discounted amount, you may only have to pay £65, if you lose your PCN appeal.

What are parklets and where are Waltham Forest’s parklets located?

Parklets are streets and parking areas renovated with plants and home furnishings.There is no specified shape of a parklet but it is at least one or two vehicle spaces in length. The first two prefabricated parklets introduced in Waltham forest were the Mill on Copperfield Lane and the Stone Mini market (in south Leytonstone).

These parklets are accessible to the general public.

Waltham forest’s community led parklets include:

  • The Mill on Copperfield Lane
  • The Wanstead Tap on Winchelsea Road
  • Wild Goose Parklet
  • Froth and Rind on Orford Road
  • Cove 17 on Wood Street
  • Stone Mini Market on High Road Leytonstone

The resident parklets in Waltham Forest are run and maintained by the neighbourhood residents. Their key functions include:

  • Adding plants and flowers to the parking zone for improving the looks and quality of air available.
  • The parklets serve as rest stops for people who find it difficult to travel non stop to reach their destination.
  • The parklets serve as a storage space for bicycles and scooters.

Where are the on street cashless parking bays located in Waltham Forest?

On street cashless parking bays are parking zones where you have to purchase parking vouchers for parking your vehicle.Chingford Ward, Leystone  Ward and Walthamstow Ward have on street cashless parking bays in Waltham Forest. The on street cashless parking bays in Chingford Ward, Waltham Forest are:

  • On Albert Avenue E4 near the junction with Chingford Mount Road 
  • On Albert Crescent E4 near the junction with Hall Lane
  • On Bateman Road E4 near the junction with Chingford Mount Road
  • On Beach Hall Road E4 near the junction with Hale End Road
  • On Beverley Road E4 near the junction with Hale End Road
  • On Buxton Road E4 near the junction with Station Road
  • On Carbis Close E4 near the junction with Station Road
  • On Chingford Mount Road E4 one parking bay is located between the junctions with Royston Avenue and Rolls Park Avenue. One parking bay is located near the junction with Normanshire drive. One parking bay is located near the junction with New Road
  • On Connaught Avenue E4 near the junction with station road
  • On Forest Approach E4 near the junction with station road
  • On Frances Road E4 near the junction with Chingford Mount Road
  • On Hale End Road E4 one parking bay is located near the junction with Beverley Road. One parking bay is located opposite Beverley Road. One parking bay is located opposite the Avenue
  • On Hall Lane E4 a parking bay is located opposite crescent Albert
  • On Handsworth Avenue E4 near the junction with Hale End Road
  • On Leonard Road E4 near the junction with Chingford Mount Road
  • On Mount Avenue E4 near the junction with Old Church Road
  • On Normanshire Drive E4 near the junction with Chingford Mount Road
  • On Old Church Road E4 a parking bay is located between the junctions with Albert Crescent and Churchill Terrace. A parking bay is located opposite Alpha Road. A parking bay is located between the junctions of Churchill terrace and Priority Avenue. A parking bay is located between the junctions of New Road and Templeton Avenue.
  • On Rolls Park Avenue E4 near the junction with Chingford Mount Road
  • On Royston Avenue E4 near the junction with Chingford Mount Road
  • On Selwyn Avenue E4 near the junction with Winchester Road
  • On Springfield Avenue E4 near the junction with Station Road.
  • On Station Road E4 One parking bay is located between the junction with Carbis Close and the library. One parking bay is located  between the library and the supermarket. One parking bay is located between the junctions of Willow Street and Buxton Road.

One parking bay is located between the junctions of Buxton Road and Connaught Avenue. One parking bay is located between the junctions of Queens Grove and Stanley Road.One parking bay is located between the junctions with Stanley Road and Garfield Road

  • On Station Road E4 one parking bay is located opposite the bus station and one outside the bus station
  • Templeton Avenue E4 near the junction with Old Church Road
  • The Avenue E4 One parking bay is between the junctions with Hale End Road and Castle Avenue.Another parking bay is Opposite the Library
  • On Westward Road E4 near the junction with Chingford Mount Road
  • On Winchester Road E4 a parking bay is located opposite Cavendish Road

Which on street cashless parking bay locations exist in Leytonstone ward, Waltham Forest?

The on street cashless parking bays in Leytonstone ward, Waltham Forest are:

  • On Aylmer Road E11 a parking bay is located between the junctions with High Road. Another parking bay is located Leytonstone and Carlston Road
  • On Belton Road E11 near the junction with High Road Leytonstone
  • On Borthwick Road E11 near the junction with High Road Leytonstone
  • On Burghley Road E11 near the junction with High Road Leytonstone
  • On Calderon Road E11 near the junction with High Road Leyton
  • On Cathall Road E11 near the junction with High Road Leytonstone
  • On Davies Lane E11 near the junction with High Road Leytonstone
  • On Frith Road E11 near the junction with High Road Leyton
  • On Goodall Road E11 near the junction with Calderon Road
  • On Harrington Road E11 near the junction with High Road Leytonstone
  • On Harrow Green E11 on the island at the junction with High Road Leytonstone
  • On Harvey Road E11 near the junction with High Road Leytonstone
  • On High Road Leytonstone E11 a parking bay is located between the junctions with Church Lane and Burghley Road. One parking bay is located between junctions with Burghley Road and Harrington Road. One parking bay is located between junctions with Harrington Road and Vernon Road. 

One parking bay is located between junctions with Vernon Road and Brockway Close. One parking bay is located between the junctions of Mayville Road and West Street. One parking bay is located opposite Harrow Green Island. One parking bay is located between the junctions of Cathall Road and Denmark Street. 

One parking bay is located opposite Steel Road. One parking bay is located between junctions with Thorne Close and Victoria Road. One parking bay is located between the junctions of Victoria Road and Crownfield Road. One parking bay is located near the junction of Browning Road.

One parking bay is located between the junctions of Browning Road and Mornington Road. And one parking bay is located near the junction with Mornington road, opposite Mcdonalds.

  • On Kirkdale Road E11 near the junction with High Road Leytonstone.
  • On Langthorne Road E11 a parking bay is located between the junctions with Elmore Road and North Birkbeck Road
  • On Leslie Road E11 near the junction with High Road Leyton
  • On Lister Road E11 near the junction with High Road Leytonstone
  • On Millais Road E11 near the junction with High Road Leyton
  • On Ranelagh Road E11 near the junction with High Road Leytonstone
  • On Steele Road E11 near the junction with High Road Leytonstone
  • On Vernon Road E11 near the junction with High Road Leytonstone

Which on street cashless parking bay locations exist in Walthamstow ward, Waltham Forest?

  • On Bakers Avenue E17 near the junction with Hoe Street
  • On Boundary Road E17 near the junction with Hoe Street
  • On Brandon Road E17 near the junction with Wood Street
  • On Canning Road E17 near the junction with Palmerston Road
  • On Clarendon Road E17 near the junction with Hoe Street
  • On Coleridge Road E17 near the junction with Palmerston Road
  • On Copeland Road E17 near the junction with Lea Bridge Road
  • On Corbett Road E17 near the junction with Wood Street
  • On Cuthbert Road E17 near the junction with Wood Street
  • On Gainsford Road E17 near the junction with Palmerston Road
  • On Granville Road E17 near the junction with Hoe Street
  • On Grove Road E17 a parking bay is located near the junction with Hoe Street. Another parking bay is located between the junctions with Pembroke Road and West Street
  • On Havant Road E17 near the junction with Wood Street
  • On Higham Hill Road E17 near the junction with Forest Road
  • On Linford Road E17 near the junction with Wood Street
  • On Livingstone Road E17 near the junction with Hoe Street 
  • On Marlowe Road E17 near the junction with Wood Street.
  • On Melbourne Road E17 near the junction with Palmerston Road
  • On Palmerston Road E17
  • On Poplars Road E17 near the junction with Hoe Street
  • On Renness Road E17 near the junction with Higham Hill Road
  • On Walpole Road E17 near the junction with Palmerston Road
  • On Waverley Road E17 near the junction with Wood Street
  • On Woodlands Road E17 near the junction with Wood Street
  • On Wood Street E17

What happens if I don’t pay my Waltham Forest PCN within 28 days?

If you don’t pay your Waltham Forest PCN within 28 days, you will be sent a charge certificate from Transport for London. A charge certificate will increase the amount of your PCN fine by 50% of its original value. You should pay this charge certificate within 28 days as the charge certificate cannot be appealed.

If the charge certificate remains unpaid after 14 days, you will be sent a “Notice of Debt Registration” and a witness certificate from TfL. The unpaid charge certificate amount will be treated as debt with your local Traffic Enforcement Centre. A court order enforces that the charge certificate must be paid within 21 days or the court will be forced to sanction the use of additional powers to recover the money from you.

Conclusion

This blog post addressed the question “Waltham Forest PCN – Pay or Appeal?” A Waltham Forest CCTV bus lane PCN should be challenged online or by post, within 14 days as the fine for it is £130. You will be able to put your bus lane PCN on hold at a £65 fine, if you appeal within 14 days. You need to ensure that you do normally observe bus lane enforcement rules and provide some accurate details about where your vehicle was turning from or moving at the time the CCTV camera spotted you in a bus lane. The same advice is applicable for dealing with moving traffic PCNs in Waltham Forest.